7.7/10
1,224
30 user 46 critic

Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004)

A documentary on the Z Channel, one of the first pay cable stations in the US, and its programming chief, Jerry Harvey. Debuting in 1974, the LA-based channel's eclectic slate of movies ... See full summary »

Director:

Xan Cassavetes

On Disc

at Amazon

1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

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.

Directors: Ted Demme, Richard LaGravenese
Stars: Francis Ford Coppola, William Friedkin, Robert Altman
Documentary | Short | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A portrait of the acting craft of John Cazale and a tour through the movies that defined a generation.

Director: Richard Shepard
Stars: John Cazale, Steve Buscemi, Sam Rockwell
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A look at 1970s Hollywood when it was known as New Hollywood, and the director was the star of the movie.

Director: Kenneth Bowser
Stars: Martin Scorsese, Dennis Hopper, Peter Bogdanovich
Winnebago Man (2009)
Documentary | Biography | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Jack Rebney is the most famous man you've never heard of - after cursing his way through a Winnebago sales video, Rebney's outrageously funny outtakes became an underground sensation and ... See full summary »

Director: Ben Steinbauer
Stars: Jack Rebney, Ben Steinbauer, Keith Gordon
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Prepare to be corrupted and depraved once more by the sequel to the definitive guide to the Video Nasties phenomenon - the most extraordinary and scandalous era in the history of British ... See full summary »

Director: Jake West
Stars: Sian Barber, Martin Barker, Graham Bright
Eureka (1983)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

In 1925, Arctic prospector Jack McCann becomes a rich man when he strikes gold but 20 years later he faces major personal and family problems.

Director: Nicolas Roeg
Stars: Gene Hackman, Theresa Russell, Rutger Hauer
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A documentary on the chaotic production of Werner Herzog's epic Fitzcarraldo (1982), showing how the film managed to get made despite problems that would have floored a less obsessively ... See full summary »

Director: Les Blank
Stars: Werner Herzog, Klaus Kinski, Claudia Cardinale
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Terry Gilliam's doomed attempt to get his film, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018), off the ground.

Directors: Keith Fulton, Louis Pepe
Stars: Terry Gilliam, Johnny Depp, Jeff Bridges
Documentary | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A documentary about George A. Romero's films, with a behind scenes look at Dawn of the Dead.

Director: Roy Frumkes
Stars: George A. Romero, Susan Tyrrell, Nicole Potter
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Documentary that chronicles how Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now (1979) was plagued by extraordinary script, shooting, budget, and casting problems--nearly destroying the life and career of the celebrated director.

Directors: Fax Bahr, George Hickenlooper, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Dennis Hopper, Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando
Stay Hungry (1976)
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A syndicate wants to buy a whole district to rebuild it. They've bought every house except the small gym "Olympic", where Mr. Austria Joe Santo prepares for the Mr. Universum championships ... See full summary »

Director: Bob Rafelson
Stars: Jeff Bridges, Sally Field, Arnold Schwarzenegger
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Tells the history and importance of The National Film Registry, a roll call of American cinema treasures that reflects the diversity of film, and indeed the American experience itself.

Directors: Paul Mariano, Kurt Norton
Stars: Jeff Adachi, James H. Billington, Robin Blaetz
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Robert Altman ... Himself
Vera Carlisle Anderson Vera Carlisle Anderson ... Herself (as Vera Anderson)
C.L. Batten C.L. Batten ... Himself
Jacqueline Bisset ... Herself
Ernest Borgnine ... Himself (archive footage)
Charles Champlin ... Himself
David Chasman David Chasman ... Himself
Stuart Cooper ... Himself
F.X. Feeney F.X. Feeney ... Himself
James B. Harris ... Himself
Jerry Harvey ... Himself (archive footage)
William Holden ... Himself (archive footage)
Don Hyde Don Hyde ... Himself
Henry Jaglom ... Himself
Jim Jarmusch ... Himself
Edit

Storyline

A documentary on the Z Channel, one of the first pay cable stations in the US, and its programming chief, Jerry Harvey. Debuting in 1974, the LA-based channel's eclectic slate of movies became a prime example of the untapped power of cable television. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, violent images and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 2007 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Kanazi Z: Mia yperohi emmoni See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This film was made only after the financing for another film project, a fiction film, partially collapsed. See more »

Quotes

Alexander Payne: You just never know when you're living in a golden age.
See more »

Connections

References Split Image (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

White Minority
Performed by Black Flag
Written by Greg Ginn
Courtesy of Cesstone Music
The Decline of Western Civilization (1981)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The IFC of the 80s
12 June 2005 | by No_MissSee all my reviews

It's doesn't take a genius to see why the Independent Film Channel would finance this documentary. Basically the Z Channel was the first movie channel to play independent, little seen, and foreign films. Featuring interviews with directors Quentin Tarantino, Robert Altman, and Alexander Pane, "Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession" focuses on the effect the channel had on the film industry.

The station had among it's subscribers some of the biggest names in Hollywood. What I found fascinating about this film is the power a cable channel can have. For example James Woods credits his Oscar nomination to the Z Channel's constant playing of the little seen movie "Salvador" to the right people.

As a film geek I also enjoyed the generous amount of film clips by director Cassavetes. The film turned me on to movies like "Bad Timing" and "F is for Fake".


4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 30 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed