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The Story of Film: An Odyssey -- The Story of Film: An Odyssey is an epic journey through the history of cinema. Guided by film historian Mark Cousins, this 15-part love letter to the movies spans from the invention of film in the 19th century to the digital industry of the 21st.


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3 September 2011 (UK) See more »
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Mark Cousins ... Himself - Presenter / ... (15 episodes, 2011)

Juan Diego Botto ... Narrator (spanish version) (15 episodes, 2011)

Series Directed by
Mark Cousins (15 episodes, 2011)
Series Writing credits
Mark Cousins (15 episodes, 2011)

Series Produced by
John Archer .... producer (15 episodes, 2011)
Helen Du Toit .... co-producer: USA (15 episodes, 2011)
Tabitha Jackson .... executive producer (15 episodes, 2011)
Tanya Seghatchian .... executive producer (15 episodes, 2011)
Anita Oxburgh .... location producer: Sweden / associate producer: Sweden (4 episodes, 2011)
Laura Marcellino .... location producer: Italy (3 episodes, 2011)
Rose Issa .... associate producer: Iran / location producer: Cairo (2 episodes, 2011)
Series Cinematography by
Mark Cousins (14 episodes, 2011)
Series Film Editing by
Timo Langer (14 episodes, 2011)
Series Production Management
Amy Fritz .... production manager: New York / production manager: New Jersey (7 episodes, 2011)
David Gibson .... production manager: Paris (5 episodes, 2011)
Takuo Yasuda .... production manager: Tokyo / production manager: Japan (5 episodes, 2011)
Annabel Bates .... production manager: London (4 episodes, 2011)
Sonali Choudhury .... production manager: India (4 episodes, 2011)
Kristina Frick .... production manager: Berlin (3 episodes, 2011)
Maxim Pakhomov .... production manager: Moscow (3 episodes, 2011)
Fatoumata Traore .... production manager: Ouagadougou / production manager: Burkina Faso (3 episodes, 2011)
Kingman Cho .... production manager: Hong Kong (2 episodes, 2011)
Karoninka .... production manager: Dakar / production manager: Senegal (2 episodes, 2011)
Laura Marcellino .... production manager: Italy / production manager: Turin (2 episodes, 2011)
Julia Pomirska .... production manager: Sydney (2 episodes, 2011)
Zoe Thompson .... production manager: Shanghai (2 episodes, 2011)
Series Art Department
Darri Donnelly .... graphic design (3 episodes, 2011)
Series Sound Department
Kevin McCue .... dubbing mixer (15 episodes, 2011)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
John Archer .... additional camera operator (7 episodes, 2011)
Timo Langer .... additional camera operator (3 episodes, 2011)
Series Editorial Department
Chas Chalmers .... colorist (14 episodes, 2011)
Darren MacLean .... edit assistant (7 episodes, 2011)
Series Other crew
Fabien Westerhoff .... worldwide sales: Hanway Films (14 episodes, 2011)
James A. Smith .... archive researcher (12 episodes, 2011)
Iain McKinna .... commentary record (3 episodes, 2011)
Series Thanks
Tom Luddy .... thanks (6 episodes, 2011)
Cari Beauchamp .... thanks (4 episodes, 2011)
Layla Alexander Garrett .... thanks (4 episodes, 2011)
Gill Moreton .... thanks (4 episodes, 2011)
Maggie Renzi .... thanks (3 episodes, 2011)
John Sayles .... thanks (3 episodes, 2011)
Maggie Cheung .... thanks (2 episodes, 2011)
Ian Christie .... thanks (2 episodes, 2011)
Julia Chu .... thanks (2 episodes, 2011)
Shiv Das .... thanks (2 episodes, 2011)
Buck Henry .... thanks (2 episodes, 2011)
Kazuyo Kanayama .... thanks (2 episodes, 2011)
Bill Krohn .... thanks (2 episodes, 2011)
David Murphy .... thanks (2 episodes, 2011)
Kate Ogborn .... thanks (2 episodes, 2011)
Jessica Shen .... thanks (2 episodes, 2011)

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60 min (15 episodes)

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Mark Cousins is an Honorary Professor of the University of Glasgow.See more »
Himself - Presenter:[about Brigitte Bardot] She brought more money to the French economy than the motor car manufacturer, Renault.See more »
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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Very Educational, 4 January 2014
Author: shiva-28 from United States

I watched every episode of the Story of Film on TCM and quite frankly found it very educational. As a film buff, with a pretty good knowledge of the history of cinema, I thought I had a good grasp of what has come before but Mark Cousin's epic documentary with a focus on International cinema, and not just the West, really opened me up to so many foreign films that I was not aware of it. So, thank you Mark for that!

There's been much talk about Mark's accent as the narrator. Frankly, since this series is about Mark's own vision of cinema's history, it makes sense for him to narrate. Because all along he is the one telling us what he thinks of this film or that, this director and another.

It would not have made sense if SOF was narrated by someone else, because the points being brought up in this 15-hour long documentary aren't necessarily cinema facts, but one person's rather educated opinion. So, I have no issue with Mark's personal narration.

As for his accent, why such a fuss? Why do we need to have generic, impersonal narrations all over the place. If Michael Moore gets to narrate his own documentaries and telling us how feels about various topics, why shouldn't Mark do that.

If the real fuss about Cousin is that he is not American, then the blame is on us for being so uptight and not him.

Good work Mark and thanks for expanding my cinema knowledge.

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