Monday, January 23, 2012

A Decade Under the Influence (2003)

Ted Demme, Richard LaGravenese


First released theatrically as a 108-minute, R-rated documentary on January 19, 2003, A Decade Under the Influence is dedicated to the proposition that the 1970s was the single most significant decade in the history of the American cinema. To illustrate this thesis, directors Ted Demme and Richard LaGravenese included choice vignettes from such '70s classics as The Godfather, Chinatown, The Exorcist, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Last Picture Show, Taxi Driver, Jaws, and many others. Also featured are in-depth interviews with the filmmakers, actors, and technicians of the period (see the very long, very impressive cast list), all of whom celebrated their "liberation" from the stultifying Hollywood censors and the antediluvian studio system of decades past with an embarrassment of cinematic riches. An expanded version of A Decade Under the Influence was seen as a three-part, three-hour TV miniseries, telecast on cable's Independent Film Channel beginning August 20, 2003.

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