The Story of Film: An Odyssey: Season 1, Episode 7

Episode #1.7 (15 Oct. 2011)

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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 ... See full summary »



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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. Written by Anonymous

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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 »


Himself - 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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Features Cleo from 5 to 7 (1962) See more »

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European New Wave
27 June 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this segment, Marc Cousins singles out four Europeans who he thinks brought the 1950s into the modern era. They are: Ingmar Bergman, a depressing Scandinavian director very much in the mold of Carl Dreyer. He was (possibly) the first to have his actress face the camera.

Robert Bresson, whose masterpiece is "Pickpocket". He lingers on the physical, getting emotions even from a donkey who could not care less that he is being filmed.

Jacques Tati, who was inspired by Chaplin and was more concerned with letting the story tell itself than telling a story that was not there. (Of the four, Tati is the least known in America...) And Federico Fellini, with a special focus on "Nights of Cabiria". While Fellini may be better known for "8 1/2" and "La Vita Dolce", it is through "Cabiria" that I know him and I appreciate the documentary picking it apart.

For good measure, we also throw in Jean-Luc Godard and Visconti. Both of these men are folks whose work I need to look into more.

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