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2.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing, September 17, 2003
This review is from: A Decade Under the Influence (DVD)
I was really looking forward to seeing this documentary but it left so much out that...It's simply too uneven. Where is Spielberg, Woody Allen etc...? Why is Milos Forman completely brushed over? Why wasn't there more about Polanski? Why is there nothing discussed about Melvin Van Peebles or black film really in general? Nothing about Elaine May or Mike Nichols except a clip from the Graduate. What about George Roy Hill? Werner Herzog? Why isn't there an interview with George Lucas or more of a discussion about the Star Wars phenomena? What about Alan J. Pakula who did all the president's men? Mel Brooks? Robert Downey Sr.? Larry Cohen? John Landis? And to not have more about De Palma is unforgiveable to me. And if you're going to talk to actors of the seventies why don't we see interviews with Hoffman, Redford etc...? And why isn't the Ellen Burstyn interview included? Why aren't there interviews with today's filmmakers and how they have been influenced by the films of the 70's (i.e. Paul Thomas Anderson, Spike Lee, Wes Anderson, Sofia Coppola, Nick Cassevetes-and he was one of the interviewers for god's sakes). This documentary is like a weird hodge podge of people Lagravenese and Ted Demme (R.I.P) liked. As a film lover and being very familiar with this period in film history I thought it [was] a big fat lemon. Gets two stars from me as opposed to zero only because there is the occasionally good interview (i.e. Julie Christie)that really hits the target of why we should be talking about 70's film in the first place...Which is because you CAN'T make them like they used to. But what a dissapointment though. :( Don't buy this unless you're a teacher at a film school...Otherwise beware!
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