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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Good doc

7/10
Author: damian-50 from Dallas, US
20 July 2006

This is a really good documentary that discusses the independent film movement and filmmakers. It mostly it just covers films from the United States, and very briefly mentions Italian NeoRealism and the French New Wave. The documentary covers a lot of the early "indie" filmmakers to the latest indie movement.

I found it interesting to hear a number of independent filmmakers speak not only about their influences, but also about their experiences of working outside of the studio system.

If you like independent films or any of the filmmakers listed in the cast I'd say it's worth a watch since it's only about an hour long.

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

maybe not long enough, but the history of independent film is too expansive anyway

8/10
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States
8 October 2006

I was glad I saw Edge of Outside, and I know if I was just starting to become a full on film-buff it would be very helpful in knowing which directors who not only worked independently of the studio system, but those who were able to be individualistic while still being in some sort of system nonetheless. As someone who knows almost all the filmmakers talked about or interviewed here, however, it's nothing new. Of course it's neat to hear about the early silent independents, like DW Griffith and Stroheim and Keaton, and it's always fine to hear the gushing over Cassavetes great body of work. But it's both a shame and a given that it would be only an hour long to cover such subject matter. It's for turner classic movies, so it's not like a PBS documentary special in its way of almost going too long into getting into subject matter.

So at only an hour, the one assembling the footage and interviews here probably had TOO much to work with, and thus had to whittle down to the essentials- the early silents I mentioned, plus Orson Welles, Cassavetes, Sam Fuller, Tarantino, Roger Corman, David Lynch, the influence of French & Italian cinema, and a few others amid the crowd (one of them the near forgotten Henry Jaglom). For what it's worth, the interviews- particularly by Scorsese, Bogdanovich, and at least one of the historians- are interesting. Though what is utilized is really just a brief rundown that could have gone more in-depth into each decade and each wave of films and how independents still struggle amid the biggest corporate landscape imaginable for filmmakers today. It's like a brief synopsis, though one that is still appreciated if for nothing else giving glimpses of great and struggling careers to those who may not know much about the likes of Fuller or Cassavetes or the real struggles of Welles.

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