The Story of Film: An Odyssey: Season 1, Episode 6

Sex & Melodrama (8 Oct. 2011)

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Youssef Chahine ...
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Soumendu Roy ...
Himself - Interviewee
Sharmila Tagore ...
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Jin Xie ...
Himself - Interviewee
Kyôko Kagawa ...
Herself - Interviewee
Donald Richie ...
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Judy Balaban ...
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Himself - Presenter: The story of Indian film is as vast as the country. India knew as much if not more about devastation as Europe in the '50s. De-colonialization, partition, famine, and the caste system had traumatized it. In all this turmoil you'd think that the country would have no time for cinema. But you'd be wrong. By the 1950s, India seemed made for cinema. It's colors seemed to have the hand of a production designer, back then. It's luminosity as the feel of a studio arc light.
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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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