Spurned by 'Decade's' win, I finally got around to catching this. What retreaded-chicken-shit-garbage. You would think that a documentary about a controversial/landmark time of moviemaking-- made by actual 'respected' filmmakers-- would be something fascinating, not such a boring, back-slapping, self-congradulatory waste of time. The closest the film even got to touching upon anything remotely 'dicey,' was in the last fucking 20 minutes, and even then, it was just candy-coated and non-specific.
I've heard all these stories in a hundred different places and told a hundred better ways. The film adaptation of 'Easy Riders, Raging Bulls,' was a monstrous piece of shit, but at least that was almost to be expected considering the lack of interview subjects and talent behind the camera. The failure of the 'Decade' really shocked me. Is it because there's too much reverence, or perhaps a timidity to ask the real tough questions? I don't know. There were too many players missing from this (Spielberg, Lucas, Beatty, Nicholson, Cimino to name a few) to make it a complete work. That apology at the end of the film does not suffice.
PS: Capping the mess off w/ the Ted Demme salute didn't help.