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This 2-DVD set is Kenneth Bowsers BBC-produced documentary of Peter Biskinds controversial, best-selling book. It chronicles the evolution of a new breed of filmmaker who, in the late 60s and 70s, exploded old Hollywood, in the process redefining the very nature of movies. The results were edgy, impressionistic picturesThe Godfather, Easy Rider, Mean Streets, Midnight Cowboy, Rosemarys Baby, Taxi Driverby maverick, now-legendary directors: Scorsese, Coppola, Lucas, Altman, Polanski, Peckinpah.
In bringing the celebrated book to the screen, director Bowser employed some adventurous filmmaking of his own. Narrated by William H. Macy, Easy Riders, Raging Bulls features vintage clips of the directors who defined the movement; original interviews with such directors as Arthur Penn and John Milius, actors such as Peter Fonda and Richard Dreyfus and more.
Over 1.5 additional hours of deleted and extended footage. Narrated by critically acclaimed actor William H. Macy.
Features vintage clips of Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Warren Beatty, George Lucas, Sam Peckinpah, Roman Polanski, and others. Bonus disc offers "mini-docs" featuring Dennis Hopper, Richard Dreyfuss, Ellen Burstyn, Cybil Shepherd, Peter Bogdanovich, Paul Schrader, John Milius, Peter Bart and others. Official Selection of Festival de Cannes 2003 and Deauville 2003 Festival du Cinema American.
This BBC production is a companion to Peter Biskind's 1998 book by the same name, an excellent dish on the 1970s American movie scene. It roughly follows the same path, tracing how maverick filmmakers revitalized Hollywood, from Dennis Hopper's Easy Rider to the triumphant quartet of Coppola/Lucas/Spielberg/Scorsese. Any fan will want to listen in as nearly 50 actors and artists remember the day. However, the star meter is on low wattage, with today's most successful directors only talked about, and seen in often bemusingly vintage clips. The better-produced, higher-star-wattage A Decade Under the Influence covers much of the same ground. An on-screen Biskind would have helped matters, but he is nowhere to be seen. Yet there are moments from the book that come to life, be it grainy home movies from Jennifer Salt and Margot Kidder's notorious beach house or Roman Polanski's emotional press conference after the murder of his wife Sharon Tate. The DVD boasts a second disc of extended interviews on numerous subjects, many of which were not covered in the 119-minute film. --Doug ThomasSee all Editorial Reviews
If you loved the book, you'll like the movie. The extra disk of interviews is worth buying this for. Excellent purchase.Published on November 9, 2012 by Kristopher Wright
of the shift from producers to directors. Obviously 1960's audiences wanted movies that were gritty and bold. Read morePublished on September 17, 2012 by mr. contrarian
This doc leads to a really enjoyable, entertaining and informative evening. You get a really clear look between the lines as to what was going on during this renaissance of the... Read morePublished on October 18, 2011 by Zack Roberts
If you are a fan of Scorcese, Hopper etc etc you will not be able to stop watching this documentary . . . Read morePublished on December 28, 2009 by C. Weinshenker
I agree with many of the reviews that EASY RIDERS, RAGING BULLS is a fascinating overview of American filmmaking of the 1970s. I would add to the other reviews that:
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As a glorification, and explanation, of the wonderful 70's Hollywood industry, it's a great little documentary. Read morePublished on May 23, 2007 by Stress
This is a kind of Independent Film of the Seventies 101. It's a good solid introductory course that explains just what forces conspired to make the early seventies the moment for... Read morePublished on August 21, 2006 by Doug Anderson