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Story

How did Hollywood make so many great, challenging, offbeat films in the 1970s? A Decade Under the Influence lists the reasons--or rather, lets the people who did the filmmaking list the reasons. The decade-shaping interviewees include Martin Scorsese, Robert Altman, Francis Coppola, et al. The film's argument has actually been conventional wisdom for at least 10 years, but it's well-supported by an abundance of clips, which should inspire even hardcore film buffs to seek out rarities such as Thunderbolt and Lightfoot or The King of Marvin Gardens. One might observe that the scarcity of women directors or black filmmakers suggests that the decade was not entirely golden, and the memories may be burnished a bit by nostalgia. But there's no question that the big studios were far more adventurous back then, and this briskly moving survey gives a lively Film 101 lecture in exactly why. --Robert Horton

DVD Features

  • Dolby Digital Stereo - English
  • Interview Footage
  • Scene Access
  • Interactive Menus
  • Biographies
  • Genre: Documentaries
  • Director: Richard LaGravenese
  • Producer: New Video
  • Length: 138 min / 152 min (DVD)
  • Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaApr 25, 2003
  • Ratings
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    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaSep 30, 2003
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