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January 06, 2009

A DECADE UNDER THE INFLUENCE

COLE SMITHEY

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ColeSmithey.comThe ‘70s are widely considered the golden age of American cinema because the socially minded directors of that era were freshly inspired by Italian neorealist films of the ‘50s and French new wave films of the ‘60s.

“A Decade Under The Influence” vibrantly retraces the ideas and motivations that fueled ‘70s American directors Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Robert Altman, William Friedkin, Paul Schrader, Peter Bogdanovich, and Roger Corman.

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In the heady days before the American government dictated to Hollywood what films should be, American directors were dictating to a welcoming public what contemporary life meant in a context of cinema as social discourse.

The stories told here by ‘70s filmmakers, writers, and actors will make you want to revisit a host of movies, such as “Panic In Needle Park” and “The Last Detail,” that are regarded as pure examples of art merging with life for a greater social good.

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Hollywood be damned.

Directed by the late Ted Demme, and completed by Richard LaGravenese, this is a must-see documentary for any film lover. 

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Eat it with a spoon.

Not Rated. 108 mins.

4 Stars

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