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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Mark Cousins - Presenter: Kurosawa's work became, in effect, a style book for cinema. He was like a one-man film school.
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Sex and Power
19 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a study of the early 1050's in cinema. It starts with James Dean in "Rebel Without a Cause." He is seen as the rebellious representation of sexuality. It then goes into how European and Asian filmmakers presented the subject of sexual power. Several movies dealt in themes that the Code would never have allowed on our shores. There are numerous examples of some really abrasive portrayals of sexual deviance. In America, the closest we got would be things like Hitchcock did in "Vertigo" where voyeurism is really the hallmark. It's all he could get away with during this time. The person doing this documentary is criticized for his prejudices in favor of non-American films. When one looks at the sterility of so many films with censors taking over at every turn. Still, this is an excellent installment in this series.


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