Sunday, April 09, 2006

Documentary on the Rebirth of American Cinema

by Richard LaGravenese

A Decade Under the Influence tells the story of the American directors who challenged the conventions of Hollywood and reinvigorated storytelling and established the tone for many films that followed. It’s fascinating to trace the paths of the young filmmakers who were influenced by European directors who drew their inspiration from classic Hollywood films. Divided into three tv hours and filled with clips, it gives a great overview of a critical time in the development of the art of film that shares a lot with how things are developing now. While it’s nearly 3 hours long, it zips by and left me wanting more, but I guess a lot of the stories and insight can come from watching the amazing films that came out of the fertile period in the 1970s.

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