Indie Cinema: 1990s

In the 1990s, a cycle of interesting indie films that mixed sex, violence, controversy, and prestige.

Films such as:

Paris, Texas; Kiss of the Spider Woman, sex, lies and videotape; Clerks, Heavenly Creatures; The Piano; Spanking the Monkey; The Crying Game; Boys Don’t Cry; Boogie Nights; Thirteen; Sideways.

They were film of high quality, benefiting from a narrative edge, a certain prestige (based on the director’s or actors’ reputation, European flavor, artistic innovations, and possessing the ability of cross-over appeal.

The fact that mainstream Hollywood has abandoned the middle ground led to the resurgence of indies with interest in that zone.

Some of the movies that looked smallish on paper could draw a studio-size audience.