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:: A Decade Under The Influence

A fireball documentary about the 1970s, when filmmakers were stoked by sex, drugs, rock, and social conscience.

This film enlists a cast of pioneering directors, writers, and actors to talk about the times and their peers.
Features Francis Ford Coppola, Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese, Peter Bogdanovich, Clint Eastwood, Julie Christie, Roy Scheider, Jon Voight, and many more.

Richard LaGravenese and Ted Demme’s constantly entertaining three-part documentary reminds us most of all that the decade of the seventies was truly “A Decade Under The Influence”.

The first part, “Influences and Independents”, starts off at the end of the 1960's with the fall of the studio system not living up to their expectations resulting in a lot of high profile projects with many disastrous returns.

The second part, “The New Hollywood”, focuses on the result of the studios giving in to these filmmakers and letting loose to movies that either became classic at the time or are looked upon as classics now.

The last part “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” shows the end of the freedoms, the rise of money and marketing increasing in the studios and the idea of playing it safe. The end of the seventies also signalled the demise of the personal filmmaker.

DVD Extras

Additional interviews with Francis Ford Coppola, Robert Altman, Peter Bogdanovich, Sidney Lumet, Roy Scheider, and others.

Filmmaker biographies