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A Decade Under the Influence (2003)

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.

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Cast

Credited cast:
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
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Storyline

The 1970s was an extraordinary time of rebellion, of questioning every accepted idea: political activism, hedonism, protests, the sexual revolution, the women's movement, the civil rights movement, the music revolution, rage and liberation. Every standard by which we set our social and cultural clocks was either turned inside out or thrown away completely and reinvented. For American cinema, the 1970s was an era during which a new generation of filmmakers created work for a new kind of audience--moviegoers who were hungry for stories that reflected their own experiences and who were turning their backs on aged old studio formulas. As a result, emerging filmmakers influenced by foreign directors such as Godard, Kurosawa and Fellini coupled with the social climate and a struggling studio system, converged to create a new kind of moviemaking. Through their choice of material, filmmakers such as Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Robert Altman, Peter Bogdanovich, William Friedkin, ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, and images of sexuality, violence and drug use | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Década que Mudou o Cinema See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,320, 27 April 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$34,514, 22 June 2003
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Ted Demme's last film See more »

Alternate Versions

Was edited into 3 parts for airing on IFC as three episodes. This is also how it appears on DVD. See more »

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References Boys Don't Cry (1999) See more »

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The last Golden Age of Cineama: the '70s; a must for film buffs
28 April 2003 | by george.schmidtSee all my reviews

A DECADE UNDER THE INFLUENCE (2003) **** (Featuring interviews with: Robert Altman, Peter Bogdanovich, Marshall Brickman, Ellen Burstyn, John Calley, Julie Christie, Francis Ford Coppola, Roger Corman, Bruce Dern, Milos Forman, William Friedkin, Pam Grier, Dennis Hopper, Sidney Lumet, Paul Mazursky, Mike Medavoy, Polly Platt, Sydney Pollack, Jerry Schatzberg, Roy Scheider, Martin Scorsese, Robert Towne, Jon Voight) Excellent documentary about the last true Golden Age of Cinema: The '70s with interviews of those who made seminal films intercut with footage of the movies providing an interesting time-line of how the influences of previous filmmakers changed the face of filmmaking, the advent of the auteur, the dawning of the age of the blockbuster and the amazing array of unbridled, raw talent of actors providing a bumper crop of truly classic films. A must for all film buffs and those who are on the way to becoming a new age of cinema. Directed by Richard La Gravenese and Ted Demme (who passed away prior to its completion; this his fitting swan song to the art form).


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