The Story of Film

An Odyssey

(DVD - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Story of Film
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.
Published: [Chicago, Ill.] : Music Box Films, c2012.
Branch Call Number: DVD 777 STO
Characteristics: 5 videodiscs (915 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in. +,1 guide (43 p. : ill. ; 18 cm.)


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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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