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.
Don't often get to say this about documentaries, but: it's not as good as the book. Still decent enough though.
The kind of fun, facile doc that favors juicy gossip and a coherent narrative over historical complexity. Entertaining and at times candid interviews, but frustrating if you know that e.g. Sam Peckinpah's career didn't simply end after PAT GARRETT.
This documentary should have been the definitive look at this important era of movie making, like I'm sure the book is, but its covers each topic so briefly and is so flashy in an apparent attempt to make up for it that it barely amounts to more than pulp. Instead of going into the history, relationships between moviemakers and movies themselves in depth, it just picks and chooses semi-interesting stories from the interviewees to show. Its a shame that the one history of film documentary that doesn't focus just on the Golden Age is such a waste
Update: after reading the book, I realized this film may be less pulpy than its source material. At least it doesn't have what seems like whole chapters devoted to who fucked who in 1973
Brilliant documentary on the period just after the studio system broke down in the late 60s and continuing into the 70s, looking at auteurs such as Scorsese, Bogdanovich, Polanski, Beatty and Hopper. Based on the equally amazing book by Peter Biskind. Highly informative and detailed, it came with over 1.5hrs of extras. A must-watch for any film fan.