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Watch: 93-Minute Compilation Of Interviews By Mark Cousins With Martin Scorsese, Roman Polanski, Dennis Hopper, More

1 October 2015 8:56 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Mark Cousins is a philanthropist of cinema, plain and simple. A decade before his incredible 15-hour documentary — which originally premiered as 15 one-hour TV episodes — “The Story Of Film: An Odyssey,” Cousins was already down the rabbit hole of film history with another TV venture, “Scene By Scene.” “Scene By Scene” ran for 24 episodes on the BBC from 1999 to 2000, and was made of in-depth interviews with some of the finest directors and actors working at the time, from Martin Scorsese and David Lynch, to Brian de Palma and Woody Allen (to hardly scratch the surface). According to a brief statement by Cousins, the series hit some copyright issues and hasn’t seen the light of day in a decade. But the man wanted these interviews out there. So, with the help of editor Timo Lager, Cousins has put together two 90 minute mash-ups of “Scene By Scene” and the first has now hit the Internet. »

- Gary Garrison

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The film critics who turned to filmmaking

22 January 2015 8:46 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From the Pudsey The Dog movie to Joe Cornish and Roger Ebert, what happens when critics make films themselves?

Arts critics tend to get a rough time of it in the movies. Even looking at this year's awards season hopefuls, Birdman casts a wonderfully scabrous Lindsay Duncan as a theatre critic who is determined to kill the hero's play, and Mr. Turner presents John Ruskin as a lisping, pretentious fop, a representation that has led some to take mild umbrage.

To look even further back, at Ratatouille's sneering Anton Ego, or Lady In The Water's film-savvy 'straw critic', or Theatre Of Blood's gleefully murderous tract, there's not a whole lot of love for critics in film. Any of this might give way to the preconception that critics, especially film critics, don't actually like films and that they're out of touch with both the filmmakers whose works they »

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