The Story of Film examines cinema in the period of 1953-1957. It looks at the growth of movie-making around the world and examines how sex and melodrama dominated the period. It looks at ... See full summary »

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The Story of Film examines cinema in the period of 1953-1957. It looks at the growth of movie-making around the world and examines how sex and melodrama dominated the period. It looks at the work of directors in Egypt (Youssef Chahine), India (Guru Dutt, Satyajit Ray), China (Xie Jin), Japan (Akira Kurosawa), Brazil (Nelson Pereira dos Santos), and Mexico (Fernando de Fuentes, Emilio Fernández, Luis Buñuel). In the United States, films like All That Heaven Allows (1955) and Johnny Guitar (1954) examine repressed sexuality. It also looks at the work of Kenneth Anger, Delbert Mann, Elia Kazan, and Nicholas Ray. It then turns to four classic films by four masters of American cinema Orson Welles's Touch of Evil (1958), John Ford's The Searchers (1956), Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo (1958), Howard Hawks's Rio Bravo (1959). Finally, it goes to Britain to look at the work of directors David Leen and Lindsay Anderson. Written by Shatterdaymorn

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The 1950s: Sex and Melodrama
18 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode is a sort of bait and switch, starting off with James Dean and the theme of sex before quickly -- very quickly -- switching to African and Asian cinema.

We learn of "Cairo Station", the first great African and/or Arab film (which I had never heard of). We see the rise of Indian film and Bollywood, the transformation of the Chinese film under Mao, and the renewed importance of Japanese film. We are especially focused on Kurosawa (a "one man film school" who influenced Westerns and even "The Godfather").

Getting back to sex, we briefly cover Kenneth Anger and fetishism, someone who far too few people know about. His work is disturbing, but ground-breaking in many ways. Few pushed the boundaries harder.

Cousins finds sexuality where there may or may not be (such as "Lawrence of Arabia"), but hey, he is a film critic.


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