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A Decade Under the Influence
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- Additional interview footage with Robert Altman, Francis Ford Coppola, Peter Bogdanovich, Sidney Lumet, Roy Scheider, and others
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The film illuminates on the profound and revolutionary techniques by these "student mentality" (meaning innovative) filmmakers and actors. It is such an interesting and hip documentary handled with care, with a great soundtrack and cool, and surprising, clips.
Those that want to grow as a filmmaker should watch and heed the words of these film icons. Sure, it's nostalgic, but it should be; a film involving the free-ing spirit of '70s films.
It'd be interesting if it included more nudity from the various influential films. Regardless, it is a wonderful companion to any aspiring filmmaker, and much better than Easy Riders Raging Bulls, which focuses too much on the excess of the era.
A Decade Under the Influence shows even the artistry of the money-making Corman, along the next generation of filmmakers! Great film! Deserves more praise from Amazon!
For instance, Bogdanovich is trotted out like a High Lama of Personal Cinema but the audience never gets the sense of how his lousy old-Hollywood imitations like AT LONG LAST LOVE and NICKELODEON catastrophically imploded his career, right in the middle of that halcyon decade (and STAR WARS didn't have a blessed thing to do with it). We get clips from DIRTY HARRY and MAGNUM FORCE, as if Eastwood's proto-fascist genuflections before Ruthless Authority were somehow considered hip and edgy by the intelligentsia of the decade, when they were uniformly bemoaned and despised.Read more ›
-Francois Truffaut, FILMS IN MY LIFE
This quote appears at the beginning of the first of the three episodes that comprise the docudrama A DECADE UNDER THE INFLUENCE. Even before the New Wave film makers like Godard and Truffaut, however, France of course had an established film history and an established history of intellectual discourse on film that went back at least as far as Renoir (who described cinema as a state of mind). Or to say that in a slightly different way the French do not just value individual films they value cinema and revere it as an art form on par with all of the other art forms and the French over the years have evolved a way of talking about cinema and theorizing cinema in an intelligent and insightful way. Thats something that America has never really had. We've had a few interesting film critics but criticism is not the same as thoughtful analysis of an art form. If you watch a documentary about French film you are going to get a very theoretical discussion going but American documentaries can not get away from telling the history of cinema from the cash angle. It is ironic because the film makers who made A DECADE UNDER THE INFLUENCE seem to be driven by a desire to answer the question why American films in the seventies were so good and why films now are so bad, but the documentarians are only interested in those independent films that made money and thus have some kind of noteriety and so they never abandon the cash angle.Read more ›
Also, on a technical note, why was the DVD version so hard to navigate? What was up with having to start up each segment of this film separately? Watching it on VHS might actually have been more rewarding...
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It was a very entertaining and helpful education. Highly recommended to my fellow filmmakers! It gives a massive insight of the early 70s indie movement that I never really knew... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Phill
only half of it was posted on the internet so i had high expectations when i got it, unfortunately it barely scratches the surface of the subject matterPublished 16 months ago by Catherine
Bought this for my husband, who loves film, but he said there wasn't that much new info. to be had.Published 24 months ago by Julia
It does a great job of explaining why the public lost interest in the mid 1960's American studio assembly line type of blockbuster and why the young new wave got Americans excited... Read morePublished on August 1, 2012 by mr. contrarian
This dvd is well put together and worth the buy. For those interested in 70's cinema aesthetic this will get you started. Read morePublished on November 20, 2010 by Trent
This is a very good 3 part documentary on how the death of the major studios made it possible for young college educated film makers to take over the movie business for a short... Read morePublished on September 9, 2010 by Lynn Ellingwood
This three-hour in-depth documentary by the late Ted Demme (brother to director Jonathan Demme) covers the groundbreaking approach to filmmaking by the "newer breed" of directors... Read morePublished on February 9, 2009 by M. Hendricks
In 2003 the Independent Film Channel produced a nearly three hour long three part documentary called A Decade Under The Influence (a nod to the 1974 John Cassavetes film A Woman... Read morePublished on September 5, 2008 by Cosmoetica
As someone who didn't live through the 70's and doesn't know all too much about 70's filmmaking, this was a great little insight. Read morePublished on March 23, 2007 by Micha Proietto