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The Story of Film examines European cinema in the period of 1957-1964. It first looks at the works of influential directors Ingmar Bergman, Robert Bresson, Jacques Tati, and Federico Fellini. It examines the French New Wave Movement including the work of Agnès Varda, Alain Resnais, François Truffaut, and Jean-Luc Godard). It then looks at New Wave filmmakers in Italy (Pier Paolo Pasolini, Sergio Leone, Luchino Visconti, and Michelangelo Antonioni). Finally, it looks at the New Wave directors in Spain (Marco Ferreri, Luis Buñuel) and Sweden (Vilgot Sjöman). Written by Shatterdaymorn

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Cousins claimed that Psycho was influenced by the 1960 documentary Primary. Yet Hitchcock started shooting Psycho on 11th November 1959 and finished on 1st Fenruary 1960 and the Wisconsin Primary was held on 21st January 1960 - which means that not only was the documentary not finished until after Hitchcock made Psycho, but the events in it didn't even happen until Psycho's final week of shooting! See more »

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Mark Cousins - Presenter: Godard said that the story of film is about boys filming girls, and about men worrying about mortality and women not doing so.
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Post War, Cold War, Golden Age
20 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have a special love for the directors featured in this installment. These were the folks whose movies we went to see in college. The discussions at the coffee houses and in some dark living room showed how little we knew, but they were provocative as all get out. These Europeans are a who's who of film, showing us the angst and depression that hung over the continent at this time. It begins with Ingmar Bergman, using close ups to show the great pain of his characters as they tussled with their human shortcomings and their view of God and death. Robert Bresson and his "Pickpocket" who felt that we must despair to become whole and connect. Jacque Tate, the apotheosis of Chaplain, yet like him in his comedic effect. Fellini who improvised and created the circus of man. Jean Luc Godard with "Breathless" and the quick cut which focused on a single subject. Agnes Varda and "Chleo from 5 to 7." The nearly incomprehensible but enigmatic Alain Resnais, featuring "The Last Year at Marienbad." Sergio Leone, he of the Spaghetti Western, mimicking Kurosawa and bringing in Clint Eastwood to recreate Toshiro Mifume. Finally we have Francois Truffaut and Pier Paolo Pasolini, remarkable directors along with Luchino Visconti. Even though too much is covered in an hour, it is a tribute to a time of amazing, though heart wrenching, cinema.


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