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5.0 out of 5 stars What's Up With The Undue Harsh Criticism???, February 10, 2005
This review is from: A Decade Under the Influence (DVD)
It is apparent to me that those that don't appreciate this documentary are missing out, and misleading potential buyers, on a great piece of filmmaking. How many films include Coppola, Hopper, Scorsese, Lumet, Christie, among others in a documentary?

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!
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Initial post: Feb 22, 2012 11:17:29 AM PST
harsh criticism cause schlockmeister roger corman is the most interesting film maker in this documentary-----and he wound up with an honorary oscar a couple years ago, with ron howard toasting corman while joking about being stuck directing a crowd scene with only a couple dozen people (That scene is on youtube.)

john cassavetes movies stink---even in the 1970s, with the always friendly peter falk on the mike douglas talk show doing his best to promote a cassavetes flop he was in.

and a lot of great '70s movies were minor box office hits, with robert altman's paul newman sci-fi movie, QUINTET a barely releasable flop, along with altman's other flop, 3 WOMEN.

Posted on May 9, 2014 4:16:25 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 9, 2014 4:27:58 PM PDT
Jared - what on god's green earth possessed that 1st commenter reviews like she did? Couldn't be the same film "we" saw... Your review in words I would've used. Saw those films in Real theaters. No VHS/no DVD then. Miss the big screen, but all too expensive now & one might get gunned down (cannot understand on any level). Was in my '20s in the '70s & having a hard time w/most of today's garbage. Don't remember when the original "Grey Gardens" was made by two bros (Cohen's?) Will live in my mind always...the movie afterwards of their lives staring Drew Barrymore is way too close for comfort. See the documentary before the movie...educated high society ladies & Jackie Kennedy's close relatives left to survive in an old Hampton's mansion...
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