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This tension of tradition and revolt against the tradition are, in a way, contradictory. But as a matter of fact, it is a synthesis. You will always find the synthesis of tradition and revolt from the tradition together in any good art.
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Plenty of facile opinions, not much history in a shoddy ego trip for Mark Cousins
This is more like a major disappointment than a major series. From what's been seen in the opening episodes this has little to do with film history and a lot to do with Mark Cousins favourite films. If He likes them, they MUST be the most important, even if he has to rewrite film history to make them seem more important. And if mistaking his opinion for fact is not bad enough, his attention wanders all the time. He'll start talking about something and as soon as it gets interesting he'll drop it and jump a couple of decades to talk about something else. Then lose interest, stop and jump back ten years. Making all this undisciplined stream of consciousness stuff even worse is the way Cousins abuses the English language. The guy seriously does not seem to understand what certain words really mean and then builds arguments around his own bRand of Cousinspeak. And to add more problems there's Cousins' narration, droning on like he's trying to hypnotise an otter, fondling every word like he was offering it sweeties. Did I mention how badly filmed it is? That's another big pothole. It's a cheap show and it looks it. No big surprise once you get to the first commercial break. This is a personal odyssey into Cousins' ego. Films are just the excuse. If you like Cousins very odd interpretations and rewriting of history, you'll like the show. If you want to learn about the history of film, you've picked a loser. Four stars for the clips only.
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