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Classic Indies

Here at IndiePix, we have an ongoing debate about the nature of "independent film?" Each week it seems, there is some question that dominates the conversation. This week, our point to ponder is: "What is a classic independent film?"

While many films were made without studio backing, even in the early days of cinema, "independent film" as we know it is a relatively recent development. In the 1960s and 70s, the struggling major studios faced the challenge of how to draw people back into the theater. Toward that goal, they started taking chances on new and edgier directors that would become the "New Hollywood" directors. These films celebrated subcultures and underground anti-heros … and they made money! After a decade of successful filmmaking, one of the New Hollywooders went off and helped to found the Sundance Institute, which sought to promote new and independent talent, films that really were made outside of the system. Perhaps because of the extra cred Mr. Redford's thumbs-up affords, or because the New Hollywood directors widened the margins of acceptability for the masses, with the advent of Sundance, indie film now is has proven that it can be commercially viable. Filmmakers don't need Hollywood to make money the same way they did in years gone by, and this level of viability would most likely not have occurred without them. This collection lists some of the most striking examples of Classic Indie Films, not to be confused with Independent Classic Films, which will be the topic for next week. Until then … happy watching!


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Stranger Than Paradise

$34.95 | 89 minutes

Beginning in New York City and ending up in Florida, Jim Jarmusch's STRANGER THAN PARADISE is a highly original comedy that has greatly influenced a new generation of filmmakers (most notably, Kevin Smith and Finland's Aki Kourismaki). Willie (John Lurie) is annoyed to learn that his younger cousin, Eva (Eszter Balint), is flying in&hellip…

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Blood Simple

$11.95 | 96 minutes

When a bar owner discovers that one of his employees is having an affair with his wife, a complex web of deceit and double crosses ensues in a small Texas town. The Coen brothers' first picture is an intricately plotted film noir filled with surprises at each turn. The cast, largely unkown at the time, includes Dan Hedaya as the cuckolded&hellip…

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Reservoir Dogs

$7.95 | 100 minutes

Former video store clerk Quentin Tarantino's directorial debut, RESERVOIR DOGS, is a brutally funny, supercharged introduction to his supremely distinct cinematic vision, which was later to become one of the most mimicked styles of the 1990s. Mastermind Joe Cabot (Lawrence Tierney) assembles a crew of top-notch criminals to pull off a&hellip…

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Amores Perros

$7.95 | 153 minutes

Alejandro Gonzalez Iniarritu makes an electrifying directorial debut with AMORES PERROS, an energetic, assured motion picture that jumps off the screen with a seemingly boundless energy. Told in three separate chapters--OCTAVIO AND SUSANA, DANIEL AND VALERIA, and EL CHIVO AND MARU--the film deals with love in the lives of several individuals&hellip…

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Buffalo '66

$10.95 | 111 minutes

An electric directorial debut (seven years in the making) by New York artist/musician/model/actor Vincent Gallo, BUFFALO '66 combines the experimental techniques of the French New Wave and the realistic grit of seventies filmmakers such as John Cassavetes, resulting in something inventive and original. Gallo portrays Billy Brown, who&hellip…

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Hoop Dreams

$21.95 | 171 minutes

A highly acclaimed, Oscar-overlooked documentary about the hopes and dreams of two inner city youths who see basketball, and especially acceptance to a school known for its outstanding basketball program, as their ticket out of poverty. Appearances by Isiah Thomas, Dick Vitale, Spike Lee and Bobby Knight. Academy Award Nominations: Best&hellip…

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Slacker

$34.95 | 98 minutes

SLACKER, a unique slice-of-life series of linked but barely related episodes, follows the socially disconnected, overly educated, and barely motivated denizens of the coffeehouses, clubs, bars, apartments, stores, and streets of the college town of Austin, Texas. Richard Linklater's debut feature is a cult sensation that launched a thousand…

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