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The Story of Film: An Odyssey 

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A comprehensive history of the medium and art of motion pictures.
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Mark Cousins ...  Himself - Presenter / ... 15 episodes, 2011
Juan Diego Botto ...  Narrator 15 episodes, 2011
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Film critic and historian Mark Cousins uses film clips, interviews with filmmakers, and illustrative footage of locations around the world to take viewers through film and filmmaking history, from the late 19th century to today, with a particular emphasis on world cinema. Written by agentstinky

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A passionate ode to cinema, spanning 6 continents, 12 decades and 1,000 films.


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Channel 4 [UK]

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English

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3 September 2011 (UK) See more »

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$12,766
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(15 episodes)

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Mark Cousins is an Honorary Professor of the University of Glasgow. See more »

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Complete 900 minute version shown at the Toronto International Film Festival (in 2011), and the New York Museum of Modern Art in New York City (in 2012). See more »

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A very personal yet very elaborate piece of work
11 October 2013 | by SuppiluliomasSee all my reviews

I understand that Cousins Northern Irish accent takes some getting used to. However, trashing his work because of the narration is too harsh a judgment. I actually watched the whole thing. Twice. I was fascinated by a documentary that tries the impossible: a history of world cinema. The first two episodes alone deal with the era of silent movies. Try to find something else that goes so much into detail! It requires concentration and attention but I kept watching because I learnt something.

The Story of Film is a very personal take on the subject. Cousins often uses phrases such as "perhaps the greatest film ever made" or "perhaps the most innovative film..." And often such phrases refer to a Japanese or Iranian movie that I have never heard of. I am sure a lot of people would disagree. I don't have a problem with it. In the opening sequence of every episode, he says that he follows the Odyssey of film makers who are not driven by box office success. If you want to see the history of Hollywood Blockbusters, "The Story of Film" is the wrong program. If you want to know what kind of films were made in the 1980s behind the iron curtain in Eastern Europe, now you are in the right theatre.

Leaving all criticism on Cousins narration, possible inaccuracies or highly subjective opinions aside, here is a man talking who has probably more forgotten about movies than most people ever knew about the subject.


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