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A documentary examining the decade of the 1970s as a turning point in American cinema. Some of today's best filmmakers interview the influential directors of that time. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Robert Altman ... Himself

John G. Avildsen ... Himself

Warren Beatty ... Himself (archive footage)

Linda Blair ... Herself (archive footage)

Peter Bogdanovich ... Himself

Peter Boyle ... Himself (archive footage)
Marshall Brickman ... Himself

Ellen Burstyn ... Herself

John Calley ... Himself

Jimmy Carter ... Himself (archive footage)

John Cassavetes ... Himself (archive footage)

Julie Christie ... Herself

Francis Ford Coppola ... Himself

Roger Corman ... Himself

Bruce Dern ... Himself

Clint Eastwood ... Himself

Louise Fletcher ... Herself (archive footage)

Jane Fonda ... Herself (archive footage)

Peter Fonda ... Himself (archive footage)

Milos Forman ... Himself

William Friedkin ... Himself

Pam Grier ... Herself

Goldie Hawn ... Herself (archive footage)

Monte Hellman ... Himself

Jimi Hendrix ... Himself (archive footage)

Dennis Hopper ... Himself

Mick Jagger ... Himself (archive footage)
Robert F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ... Himself (archive footage)

Martin Luther King ... Himself (archive footage)

Piper Laurie ... Herself (archive footage)

Sidney Lumet ... Himself

Paul Mazursky ... Himself
Marshall McLuhan ... Himself (archive footage)

Mike Medavoy ... Himself

Richard Nixon ... Himself (archive footage)
Polly Platt ... Herself

Sydney Pollack ... Himself

Ronald Reagan ... Himself (archive footage)

Robert Redford ... Himself (Archival Footage) (archive footage)
Dick Rodstein ... Offscreen Voice

Jerry Schatzberg ... Himself

Roy Scheider ... Himself

Paul Schrader ... Himself

Martin Scorsese ... Himself

Sissy Spacek ... Herself

Robert Towne ... Himself

Jon Voight ... Himself

Directed by
Ted Demme 
Richard LaGravenese 
Produced by
Alison Palmer Bourke .... executive producer
Vivian Connolly .... associate producer (as Vivian Holtzman Connolly)
Ted Demme .... producer
Caroline Kaplan .... executive producer
Jerry Kupfer .... producer
Richard LaGravenese .... producer
Tania McKeown .... production producer
John Miller-Monzon .... associate producer
Gini Reticker .... producer (as Virginia Reticker)
Jonathan Sehring .... executive producer
Original Music by
John Kimbrough 
Cinematography by
Tony C. Jannelli  (as Anthony Janelli)
Clyde W. Smith 
Film Editing by
Meg Reticker 
Makeup Department
Joannel Clemente .... hair stylist
Joannel Clemente .... makeup artist
Pam Geiger .... hair stylist
Pam Geiger .... makeup artist
Arthur Johns .... hair stylist
Arthur Johns .... makeup artist
Kohl Katz .... hair stylist
Kohl Katz .... makeup artist
Gul Vrabl .... hair stylist
Gul Vrabl .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jerry Kupfer .... unit production manager
Sound Department
Louis Block .... sound recordist
K.C. Clayton .... sound
Pete De Boer .... additional recording engineer
Chuck Fitzpatrick .... sound mixer
Andy Kris .... sound re-recording mixer
Peter Miller .... sound
Roger Phenix .... sound
J.T. Takagi .... sound
Visual Effects by
Owen Bush .... digital artist
Benjamin Murray .... digital artist
Mark Thompson .... digital artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert M. Andres .... key grip (as Bob Andres)
K.C. Bailey .... still photographer
Jon Fontana .... gaffer
Jerry Harper .... gaffer (as Jerry T. Harper)
Kirsten Johnson .... additional camera operator
Kirsten Johnson .... assistant camera
John Kiffmeyer .... key grip (as John M. Kiffmeyer)
Ellen Kuras .... additional camera operator
Chris Lally .... key grip
Don Lenzer .... additional camera operator
Jack Messitt .... gaffer
David Moir .... still photographer
John C. Nadeau .... gaffer (as John Nadeau)
Barbara Nitke .... still photographer
Patrick B. O'Brien .... assistant camera (as Patrick O'Brien)
Edward Read .... gaffer
Paul Reuter .... assistant camera
Andrew Rossi .... assistant camera
Nico Ruderman .... grip
Lorey Sebastian .... still photographer
Phillip Sorenson .... key grip (as Philip Sorensen)
Holly Stein .... still photographer
Andy Thomas .... key grip (as Andrew M. Thomas)
Walter Thomson .... still photographer
Jason Tomlins .... key grip
Stephen L. Whitcomb .... assistant camera (as Stephen Whitcomb)
Editorial Department
Eric Alvarado .... colorist
Alex Berman .... colorist
Tennaly Fortier .... post-production coordinator (as Tennaly J. Fortier)
Rachel Goodlett Katz .... second assistant editor (as Rachel Goodlett)
Benjamin Murray .... on-line editor
Kimberly Tomes .... assistant editor (as Kimberly SaRee Tomes)
Remy Weber .... second assistant editor
Lars Woodruffe .... on-line editor
Music Department
Zach Danziger .... musician: drums
Michael Fonfara .... composer: song "Apricot Brandy"
John Kimbrough .... musician: guitar
Tim LeFebvre .... musician: upright bass
Frank London .... musician: trumpet
Danny Weis .... composer: song "Apricot Brandy"
Dan Zank .... additional musician
Dan Zank .... composer: additional music
Dan Zank .... musician: piano
Other crew
Renuka Ballal .... production assistant
Stephanie Bencin .... production assistant
Jessica Berman Bogdan .... archival researcher (as Jessica Berman-Bogdan)
Catalina Blanco .... intern
Vincent Boling .... production assistant
Jeremy Broadhead .... production assistant
Xandra Castleton .... location coordinator
Roopa De Choudhury .... production assistant
Ismael Diaz .... production coordinator
Jake Hart .... intern
Chris Harvey .... title designer
Abigail Kende .... rights and clearances
Tamar Kuznick .... production coordinator
Andrew Lemon .... engineer: 24p
Pearl Lieberman .... archival researcher
John Miller-Monzon .... lead researcher
Chris Morisoli .... production assistant
Shannon Murphy .... intern
Iliana Nikolic .... production supervisor: IFC
Peter Perrone .... archival researcher
Brandon A. Phillips .... production assistant
Richard Pierce .... production assistant
David T. Raye .... production assistant
Amy Reticker .... production assistant
Nico Ruderman .... production assistant (as Nicholas Ruderman)
Michaël Sagol .... location coordinator
Stephanie Sanditz .... production assistant
Christopher Savage .... production coordinator
Vanessa Scott .... intern
George Shaw .... web site art director
Lance Stockton .... assistant: Ted Demme
Christopher Sullivan .... production assistant
Andrew Thompson .... production assistant
Emma Tillinger Koskoff .... assistant: Ted Demme (as Emma Tillinger)
Sherri Wasserman .... web site assistant producer
John Whitcombe .... production assistant
Kirk Worley .... production assistant
Michael Yecies .... production assistant
Eric Brown .... assistant: Spanky Pictures (uncredited)
Ann LaGravenese .... special thanks
Denis Leary .... special thanks
Albert Maysles .... special thanks
David O'Connor .... special thanks
Michael Ruggiero .... special thanks
Amanda Scheer-Demme .... special thanks
Stacey Sher .... special thanks
Talia Shire .... special thanks
Shelly Sroloff .... special thanks
Haskell Wexler .... special thanks

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Rated R for language, and images of sexuality, violence and drug use
138 min | USA:108 min (Sundance Film Festival) | 152 min (DVD) | USA:180 min (DVD)
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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Nice Slice of Cinematic History, 5 June 2006
Author: spelvini ( from New York City

This is a great compendium of interviews and excerpts form the films of the late sixties and early 70s that were a counter movement to the big Studio Films of the late sixties. Directed by Ted Demme, it is obviously a labor of love of the films of the period, but it gives short shrift to the masterpieces of the times.

Many of the filmmakers of this period were influenced by Truffaut, Antonioni, Fellini, Bergman, and of course John Cassavetes. Unfortunately the documentary logging in at 138 minutes is too short! The film is rich with interviews and opinions of filmmakers. Some of the people interviewed are: Martin Scorsese, Francis Coppola, Robert Altman, Peter Bogdonovich, Ellen Burstyn, and Roger Corman, Bruce Dern, Sydney Pollack, Dennis Hopper, and Jon Voight.

Bruce Dern has a moment of truth when he says that he and Jack Nicholson may not have been as good looking as the other stars that came before them but they were "interesting". This summarizes the other areas of this period of film-making in American history.

The filmmakers were dealing with a lack of funding from the Studios because they were expressing unconventional attitudes about politics, sex, drugs, gender and race issues, and Americas involvement in overseas conflicts like the Vietnam War.

There is a great interview with Francis Coppola saying that he got the chance to make "The Conversation" because the producers knew he had been trained by Roger Corman to make a movie with nothing so they bankrolled his film.

Another interview is with Jon Voight who was directed by Hal Ashby in "Coming Home" a clear anti-war film about a crippled soldier immersing himself back into society after his facing battle. Voight talks about how his working methods helped him achieve an emotional telling point when Ashby said that they were doing a "rehearsal" take and it ended up being the take used in the film- it was better because it was so un-rehearsed and not drained of its freshness by being over-rehearsed.

There are also many fine excerpts from Al Pacino's break-through film "The Panic in Needle Park", and interviews from Dennis Hopper on the making of "Easy Rider", and interviews from Sydney Pollack about making films.

All in all the documentary is a fine jumping off point for any film lover who wants to see great examples of what the new voices in film were like in the Seventies. Many of the Sundance Folks, where this film made a big splash, are unaware of just how much the Independent Film Maker today owes to the films of John Cassavetes, Milos Foreman, William Friedkin, and Roger Corman.

Rent it from your favorite shop. It will at least perk you up to some films you may not have seen before and can enjoy today. has it for as little as $11.50, if you want to buy right out.

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