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Old 10-07-2008, 08:09 PM #1
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An independent film, or indie film, is a film that is produced outside of the Hollywood studio system, a series of oligopolistic practices by several major American film studios (MGM, Paramount Pictures, RKO, Warner Bros. and Twentieth Century Fox) which controlled the production, distribution, and exhibition of films in the US from the early 1920s through 1950s. Though its oligopolistic practices were officially ended by the Paramount Decision in 1948, four of the five Golden Age majors (RKO is the exception) continue to exist as major Hollywood studio entities through 2008.

Though film production companies in other countries have at times achieved and maintained full integration in a manner similar to Hollywood's Big Five, the Hollywood system and style remain uniquely American in character and origin. As such, films produced outside of America are generally qualified as foreign rather than independent.

Independent films today are generally defined as American films financed and distributed by sources outside today's Big Six and its subsidiaries.



Notable Indie films:
  • No Country for Old Men
  • Requiem for a Dream
  • Pulp Fiction
  • American History X
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Kill Bill
  • Crash
  • The Squid and the Whale (and many other very obviously indie films like this)



I find that 90% of my favorite films fall into this category. Discuss.
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Old 10-07-2008, 08:33 PM #2
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Old 10-07-2008, 09:47 PM #3
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To me, indie films are the only truly artistic films. No Hollywood films can be considered a work of art. Wes Anderson films are some of my favorite movies.

It's also always fun to stumble upon some of those really crazy indie films. A couple that I've recently seen are Bully, Havoc, Me and You and Everybody We Know, and Gerry. All really interesting movies.
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Old 10-08-2008, 08:00 PM #4
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No Country was distributed by Miramax.

edit- Miramax also distributed Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill. I'm going to assume you mean David Cronenbergs' Crash.
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Old 10-08-2008, 08:41 PM #5
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if it gets nominated for a oscar i dont consider it indie
if it opens in theaters worldwide it is not indie
if it has big name actors it is not indie
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Old 10-08-2008, 08:57 PM #6
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if it gets nominated for a oscar i dont consider it indie
if it opens in theaters worldwide it is not indie
if it has big name actors it is not indie
There are a lot of indies that have big name actors. The actors just work for less than their quote for these movies usually because they are either doing a favor for someone they know and trying to jumpstart that persons career, or they are very passionate about the script.

Oscars are based on how great the movie is. A very low budget film could just have some brilliant minds behind it to win. Or just a few rich people dumping money into it because they like the project however are not yet into the Hollywood circuit.

The theatres one i can agree with partially. If it opens worldwide it is no longer 100% indie film. It may have been an indie at one point, but then they sold it to one of the big guys and made all their money back from the sale and most likely a royalty.
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Old 10-08-2008, 09:17 PM #7
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Notable Indie films:
  • No Country for Old Men
  • Requiem for a Dream
  • Pulp Fiction
  • American History X
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Kill Bill
  • Crash
  • The Squid and the Whale (and many other very obviously indie films like this)

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Old 10-08-2008, 09:33 PM #8
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Read the definition. That's the current most accepted definition, since truly independent anything doesn't really exist anymore in the entertainment industry.

I realize most of the movies up there aren't really "indie" indie. And I meant Haggis' Crash. I've seen my fair share of indie indie films, like Me, You, and Everyone We Know, Brick, Margot at the Wedding, Lars and the Real Girl, etc.
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Old 10-08-2008, 09:36 PM #9
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I've seen my fair share of indie indie films, like Me, You, and Everyone We Know, Brick, Margot at the Wedding, Lars and the Real Girl, etc.
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Old 10-08-2008, 09:41 PM #10
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Old 10-08-2008, 09:53 PM #11
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Hagis' Crash isn't indie at all.
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Old 10-08-2008, 09:56 PM #12
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Take it up with imdb.
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Old 10-08-2008, 10:04 PM #13
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I just looked. You are correct about Crash. Sorta. If Lion Gates is still considered indie.
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Old 10-08-2008, 10:11 PM #14
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Meh, not really to me, but society seems to think so. W/e by me, I've long since given up trying to keep the term indie stuck to its roots.
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Want real indie?

Watch The Science Of Sleep or Thumbsucker.

Get out of there with that ****.
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Want real indie?

Watch The Science Of Sleep or Thumbsucker.
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Old 10-08-2008, 11:01 PM #18
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Want real indie?

Watch The Science Of Sleep or Thumbsucker.

Get out of there with that ****.
Science of Sleep was such a carzy movie. Michel Gondry is a genius with visulals.
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No Country was distributed by Miramax.

edit- Miramax also distributed Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill. I'm going to assume you mean David Cronenbergs' Crash.
Miramax often distributes Indie Film's that's kinda what they became famous for.
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David Lynch anyone?
Is one unique individual. Eraserhead is an eerie and disturbing movie, I've still yet to see Inland Empire.

One indie movie I enjoyed was Primer. It's basically a movie about time travel that was shot on a $7,000 budget, great acting, interesting plot, sometimes the overly complex dialogue can take away from the film, but it also helps to set a realistic mood.
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was Taxi to the Darkside independent?

I think it was.... it was really good
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