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I just watched A Decade Under the Influence, a documentary about the cinematic revolutions of the 1970s. Aside from capturing a very exciting period in film history, in a decidedly non-stuffy boring documentary way, it made me think about a similar period in more recent film history: the “independent revolution” of the early 90s.

There was the same realization, catalyzed by one film (“Easy Rider” in the 70s, “Pulp Fiction” in the 90s), that the big studio system was failing, unable to produce movies people wanted to see. There was suddenly something new and different and fresh, and thus are revoutions born.

However, revolutions also die. After the mind-opening films of the 70s came “Weekend at Bernie’s” and “The Big Chill.” After Richard Linklater and Tarantino came “Titanic.”

My question: are we going to come soon upon another revolution in filmmaking? Or did the big studios finally co-opt revolutionary cinema when Disney bought Miramax and Fox opened their own “independent” imprint? Can we reclaim the real meaning of independent, instead of mistakenly linking it to anything that doesn’t star Kate and Ashley Olsen?

Whatever. I’m still excited for “Harry Potter.” Whoot whoot!


Written by laura k

May 28, 2004 at 1:56 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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