An innovative 'magic realist' documentary set in Iraq. Filmmaker Mark Cousins, who was brought up in a Northern Irish war zone, travels to Goptapa, a Kurdish-Iraqi village of just 700 ... See full summary »
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A Story of Children and Film is the world's first movie about kids in global cinema. It's passionate, poetic, portrait of the adventure of childhood: its surrealism, loneliness, fun, ... See full summary »
In this documentary about low-budget filmmaking in upstate New York, you'll learn how affordable digital-video technology has changed the lives of the artists behind action flicks, monster ... See full summary »
Great Directors, directed by Angela Ismailos, features conversations with ten of the world's greatest living directors: Bernardo Bertolucci, David Lynch, Liliana Cavani, Stephen Frears, ... See full summary »
An epistolary feature film: a cinematic discourse between a British director, (Mark Cousins, the celebrated film maker and historian) and an Iranian actress and director (Mania Akbari, ... See full summary »
Filmmaker Mark Cousins goes to Albania for five days, and films what he sees. He discovers that the movie prints in the country's film archive are decaying. In investigating this, Cousins ... See full summary »
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
I truly love films usually the older the better. I was so excited to find this series on one of my passions. The disappointment in this series couldn't be greater.
The series is based on the book by director Mark Cousins. Besides several obvious factual mistakes (e.g. the location of the first movie theatre in NYC or misidentifying Joseph Cotton in Citizen Kane) his narration is so grating as to make this unwatchable.
While there were some new insights and valuable additions by the 3rd installment I had turned the sound off and resorted to using the closed captioning.
The series would have been well served if Cousins had used an actor or professional voice over talent. A different narrator, anyone else would have been a 100% improvement.
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