This documentary explores American cinema in the 1970s, a decade often described as the best years in film. What results is an ode to the art form, one that pays homage to the “auteurs” that emerged from that distinctive time period.
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This doc would be far more interesting in the filmmakers weren't only interested in blowing their subjects. There are some informative bits here & there, but in the end it's a lot of guys yapping about how great they are before blaming a few other guys who aren't included for spoiling the creative freedom afforded to them. Just write down the movies they mention you're interested in and get real insights from a book.
although they're sorry about not including lots of directors, movies and people in this film, it seems to me that not mentioning Antonioni's 'Zabriskie Point' is a terrible mistake!! Still. a great documentary about one of the most amazing decades of our history!
Basically my entire 70s film class done in three hours. Very informative, very interesting. They did not cut too many corners and cover a decent amount of films. It's a shame that certain filmmakers were not included for various reasons (not interested, death, being Terrence Malick....) but it is worth seeing nonetheless. Especially if you like 70s films.
Some of the "back in MY day" talk gets to be a bit much (especially once the pernicious influence of The Blockbuster rears its head), but as a document & love letter to the cinema of the 70s, it's beyond fantastic.
Far superior sociologically-speaking to slick-fest Easy Riders and Raging Bulls. The talking heads here are surprisingly candid and informative in equal measure. Mandatory for anyone interested in American cinema...