Hollywood had been in the doldrums, television had arrived. Ticket sales of 78 millions a week in 1946 were down to 15 millions a week in 1971. The studios had not got the message and were vying for an audience with Tora!, The Longest Day or The Bible while the rest of the world discovered another cinema with Antonioni, Bergman, Fellini, Kurosawa and many other talented directors, and the French were embarking on the 'Nouvelle Vague'. These films seemed to get closer to the young ones than the Hollywood fare.
Belatedly with the Civil Rights Movement ; the Beatles, the pill, Vietnam and drugs, the United States had their own cultural revolution, the Flower Power Way. Steven Spielberg remembers "the 70s was the first time that a kind of age restriction was lifted, and young people were allowed to come rushing in with all of their naïveté and their wisdom and all of the privileges of youth. It was just an avalanche of brave new ideas which is why the 70s was such a water-shed."
Martin Scorsese, Jerry Schatzberg, Dean Tavoularis (Coppola's production designer) and producer Dominick Dunne talks about the cult films Mean Streets, The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, Bonnie and Clyde, The Panic in Needle Park, Midnight Cowboy to Star Wars. They will round off the fascinating story of how Hollywood was conquered by a hand full of nobodies and turned into 'an unabashed celebration of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll' and a climate where innovation and experimentation reigned supreme' until the avant-garde betrayed their own dreams and ended up producing blockbusters themselves.