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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.
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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

Gross USA:

$34,837

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$34,837
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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This documentary is presented on DVD in 3 parts, as they aired on television. 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 »

Connections

References The Man with the Golden Arm (1955) See more »

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Golden decade
27 December 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

In retrospect, the 1970s was a golden era for the American cinema, as demonstrated and explored by this documentary directed by Ted Demme and Richard LaGravenese. This IFC effort serves to illustrate and clarify the main idea of what that time meant for the careers of these illustrious people seen in the documentary.

The amazing body of work that remains, is a legacy to all the people involved in the art of making movies in that period. The decade was marked by the end of the Viet Nam war and the turbulent finale of those years of Jimmy Carter's presidency.

One thing comes out clear, films today don't measure against the movies that came out during that creative decade because the industry, as a whole, has changed dramatically. The big studios nowadays want to go to tame pictures that will be instant hits without any consideration to content, or integrity, as long as the bottom line shows millions of dollars in revenues.

The other thing that emerges after hearing some of America's best creative minds speak, is the importance of the independent film spirit because it is about the only thing that afford its creators great moral and artistic rewards.

This documentary is a must see for all movie fans.


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