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      A Decade Under the Influence

      R Released Apr 25, 2003 1 hr. 49 min. Documentary List
      77% 30 Reviews Tomatometer 83% 2,500+ Ratings Audience Score Between the death of the old Hollywood studio system and the rise of the counterculture, the late 1960s and early '70s were a near-revolutionary time in American filmmaking, as detailed in this documentary by Ted Demme and Richard LaGravanese. Equally influenced by the foreign films of art-house cinemas and the cheap B-movies of late-night TV, eager young filmmakers and actors rewrote Hollywood's rules. This film includes interviews with most of the era's leading figures. Read More Read Less
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      Packed with amusing anecdotes and told through the perspective of those it lionizes, A Decade Under the Influence is too one-sided to serve as a comprehensive dissection of 1970s American film, but will still work a treat for movie buffs.

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      jaime h one of the greatest, if not THE greatest, docs made about the American auteur generation of filmmakers in the late 60s into and through the 70s. This is a must see for any film buffs, cinephiles and filmmakers. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member The Documentary mostly focuses on the movies from 1968 to 1974 that were part of the big change that Hollywood was experimenting at that time. It is a joy to hear so many talented people talk about this era with such a passion. It made me realize just how much money I have to save to buy all those Criterion Collection movies I haven't seen yet. It help me fire again my passion for cinema. The latter years of the decade felt a little rushed. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member If you have a solid knowledge of American film history, then you won't find this documentary terribly enlightening. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member A beautiful homage to the films of the 70s and the filmmakers who brought them about. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member This is just for film nerds. Some of the greatest directors talk about the change from the big studio feel good films of the 50's to the more artistic and dark films of the late 60's and early 70's. Its very interesting to think that some of the movies that today are little independent films were blockbusters during that time. Some really interesting stuff. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/29/23 Full Review Audience Member Muddled, unfocused, meandering and surprisingly lacking in depth for such a long documentary miniseries. Not much new info for fans of auteurist New Hollywood cinema. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Empire Magazine Rated: 3/5 Dec 30, 2006 Full Review Robert K. Elder Chicago Tribune It's as if we're watching the equivalent of a VH1 special edited for an in-flight movie. Rated: 2.5/4 Jun 5, 2003 Full Review Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle Unlike many documentaries about movies, it's neither underfunded nor perfunctory, but thoughtful and bracing. Rated: 3/4 May 30, 2003 Full Review Cole Smithey ColeSmithey.com This is a must-see documentary for any film lover. Rated: A- Jun 2, 2009 Full Review Rob Gonsalves Rob's Movie Vault Demme and LaGravenese are just as happy to let the directors bask in their past glories and reminisce about those crazy days. Rated: B May 27, 2006 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Rated: 3/5 Sep 13, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Between the death of the old Hollywood studio system and the rise of the counterculture, the late 1960s and early '70s were a near-revolutionary time in American filmmaking, as detailed in this documentary by Ted Demme and Richard LaGravanese. Equally influenced by the foreign films of art-house cinemas and the cheap B-movies of late-night TV, eager young filmmakers and actors rewrote Hollywood's rules. This film includes interviews with most of the era's leading figures.
      Director
      Richard LaGravenese, Ted Demme
      Executive Producer
      Alison Palmer Bourke, Caroline Kaplan, Jonathan Sehring
      Distributor
      IFC Films
      Production Co
      Universal/Universal Int
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Documentary
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Apr 25, 2003, Wide
      Release Date (DVD)
      Oct 1, 2009
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $34.5K