Easy Riders, Raging Bulls
A look at 1970s Hollywood when it was known as New Hollywood, and the director was the star of the movie.
A good companion to the excellent book, but certainly no replacement.
I have sow a seed within for going through American film history with well-made documentaries I could find as much as possible.
There was a series of 7 hour-long episodes made by Turner Classic Movie channel known as "Moguls and Movie Stars" as well as a 1980 British series "Hollywood: A Celebration of American Silent Films" certainly help matters.
It was the 1970s that gave Hollywood a massive jolt in terms of giving film-making a more hard-boiled approach in which acting became more grounded and realistic and less theatrical as well as giving directors more reign and power over decisions, a stark contrast of the movie studios dictating the rules, though the influence waned as the documentary explained.
Documentary companion to Peter Biskind's famous book, a helter skelter chronicle of the 1960's/1970's American cinema scene, with all it's genius and all it's drunken, drug induced excesses. As a documentary it isn't doing anything spectacular, but the subject matter is riveting and it's great to hear anecdotes about the likes of Sam Peckinpah, Martin Scorsese, Hal Ashby and others from the talking head interviews with the likes of Kristofferson, Hopper, Fonda and Schrader.
A documentary detailing the rise and fall of the auteurs of New Hollywood. This film gives a strong sense of the timeline and social factors that created space for the film school generation and the choices and forces that put power back in the studios' hands. The film doesn't shy away from the sex, drugs, and politics of the era.
Excellent documentary about the New Hollywood and American film's greatest decade, the 1970s. Incredible array of interviews from major players in the period, and a striking narration of one fertile period in American movies, when auteurs ruled the roost for a bit, only to be undone, as always, by commercial expectations. Could be subtitled, "How Bonnie and Clyde Made American Movies Respectable Again, Only to Be Ruined by Star Wars." A must for cinephiles.
Just as great as the book
Entertaining doc about Hollywood's second Golden Age. I devoured the book when it came out but didn't even know about this film until it aired on TCM a few years ago. It's fine, but a little cheap, mostly in the music department. The book was better.
Based upon the book of the same name which is canon for any film buff, Easy Riders, Raging Bulls gives a unique and entertaining look into a unique era in American Cinema. 1969-1980 saw director's having unprecedented amounts of control during the film-making process, this caused extraordinary successes as well as failures. While entertaining and informative, this documentary should be seen as a companion to, not a replacement of the book.
Don't often get to say this about documentaries, but: it's not as good as the book. Still decent enough though.