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The Story of Film

An Odyssey
(DVD - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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The story of film: an odyssey, written and directed by award-winning film-maker Mark Cousins, is the story of international cinema told through the history of cinematic innovation. Five years in the making, The Story of Film: An Odyssey covers six continents and 12 decades, showing how film-makers are influenced both by the historical events of their times, and by each other. It provides worldwide guided tour of the greatest movies ever made; an epic tale that starts in nickelodeons and ends as a multi-billion dollar globalised digital industry. Described as a 'love letter' to the movies, Cousins visits the key sites in the history of cinemal from Hollywood to Mumbai; from Hitchcock's London to the village where Pather Panchali was shot, and features interviews with legendary filmmakers and actors including Stanley Donen, Kyoko Kagawa, Gus van Sant, Lars Von Trier, Claire Denis, Bernardo Bertolucci, Robert Towne, Jane Campion and Claudia Cardinale.
Title: The story of film
an odyssey
[videorecording]
Published: [Chicago, Ill.] : Music Box Films, c2012.
Characteristics: 5 videodiscs (915 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in. +,1 guide (43 p. : ill. ; 18 cm.)
Notes: DVD.
Contents: Disc 1. 1895-1918. The world discovers a new art form
1918-1928. The triumph of American film and the first of its rebels
1918-1932. The Great Rebel filmmakers around the world
Disc 2. The 1930s. The great American movie genres and the brillance of European language
1939-1952. The devastation of war and a new movie language
1953-1957. The swollen story: world cinema bursting at the seams
Disc 3. 1957-1964. The shock of the new, modern filmmaking in Europe
1965-1969. New waves around the world
1967-1979. New American cinema
Disc 4. 1969-1979. Radical directors in the 70s make state of the nation movies
The 1970s and onward. Innovation in popular culture and around the world
The 1980s. Moviemaking and protest around the world
Disc 5. 1990-1998. The last days of celluloid, before the coming of digital
The 1990s. The first days of digital: reality losing its realness in America and Australia
2000 onwards. Film moves full circle and the future of movies.
Summary: The story of film: an odyssey, written and directed by award-winning film-maker Mark Cousins, is the story of international cinema told through the history of cinematic innovation. Five years in the making, The Story of Film: An Odyssey covers six continents and 12 decades, showing how film-makers are influenced both by the historical events of their times, and by each other. It provides worldwide guided tour of the greatest movies ever made; an epic tale that starts in nickelodeons and ends as a multi-billion dollar globalised digital industry. Described as a 'love letter' to the movies, Cousins visits the key sites in the history of cinemal from Hollywood to Mumbai; from Hitchcock's London to the village where Pather Panchali was shot, and features interviews with legendary filmmakers and actors including Stanley Donen, Kyoko Kagawa, Gus van Sant, Lars Von Trier, Claire Denis, Bernardo Bertolucci, Robert Towne, Jane Campion and Claudia Cardinale.
Local Note: 1
Additional Contributors: Cousins, Mark - 1965-
Archer, John - 1953-
Denis, Claire - 1948-
Hopscotch Productions
Music Box Films
Branch Call Number: DVD 777 STO
Statement of Responsibility: Hopscotch Films ; director, Mark Cousins
Credits: Director, writer, photographer, Mark Cousins ; editor, Timo Langer ; producer, John Archer.
Performers: Mark Cousins, Claire Denis.
Subject Headings: Cinematography History Video recordings. Motion picture industry History Video recordings. Motion pictures History Video recordings. Motion picture producers and directors Video recordings. Silent films History Video recordings.
Genre/Form: Documentary films.
Nonfiction films.
Topical Term: Cinematography
Motion picture industry
Motion pictures
Motion picture producers and directors
Silent films
Publisher No: MBFHE046
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The series will challenge you but not because you have to hear an Irish lilt for than one minute. The series glosses over Hollywood for the most part, asking us to consider all that we did not know was going on in other countries' cinema. The film clips are amazing. I don't agree with everything said, but I was able to "read" movies so much better after having invested my time in this. The discussion here of Prof. Cousins' mild accent seems out of place in Boston (of all places) and most especially for a series that is encouraging us to view and hear more, many more, foreign films.

if you don't like his narration return it early whiners!

Apr 09, 2013
  • downsman rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Sometimes writers decide they are going to narrate their audio books themselves. Sometimes it works out well (Martyn Waites e.g.). Often it does not. Mark Cousins' narration of the brilliant DVD set covering the history of film is analogous to the author who narrates but shouldn't. The history and analysis is excellent (5 star) but his droning voice with every statement lilting upwards at the very end... AAAAAGH !!!!! So it loses a star for that. If only he'd got an actor to do it.

I must say that Cousins' droning narrative voice gets to be a bit grating after a while. I am beginning the third hour of this saga, which is intelligently done on the whole.

An amazing documentary that is the history of film. Cousins voice and brilliant descriptive vocabulary is only surpassed by his knowledge of film! Almost better than a film class!

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