The Story of Film: An Odyssey: Season 1, Episode 11

The Arrival of Multiplexes and Asian Mainstream (12 Nov. 2011)

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Himself - Presenter
Himself - Interviewee
Woo-Ping Yuen ...
Himself - Interviewee
Himself - Interviewee
Sharmila Tagore ...
Herself - Interviewee
Himself - Interviewee
Javed Akhtar ...
Himself - Interviewee
Youssef Chahine ...
Himself - Interviewee
Herself - Interviewee
Himself (archive footage)
David Dimbleby ...
Himself - Reporting Audience Reactions to 'The Exorcist' (archive footage)
Himself (archive footage)
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The Story of Film: An Odyssey looks at the development of mainstream film in the 1970s and examines how such films were innovative. It first looks at the mainstream films of Hong Kong produced by Shaw Brothers Studio. It looks at the work of actor Bruce Lee and directors King Hu, John Woo, Yuen Woo-ping, and Tsui Hark. It then looks at the mainstream Bollywood films of India. It looks at the mega-hit Sholay (1975) and examines work of actress Sharmila Tagore, actor Amitabh Bachchan, and directors K. Asif, and Gulzar. It examines film in the Middle East. It discusses Moustapha Akkad's The Message (1976) and talks to Egyptian director Youssef Chahine. Finally, it looks at the blockbusters that transformed movie-making in the United States like Steven Spielberg's Jaws (1975), William Friedkin's The Exorcist (1973), and George Lucas's Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). Written by Shatterdaymorn

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Himself - Presenter: Movie fans around the world, most of them will have heard of the box office smash hits of the 70s: Jaws, Star Wars, The Exorcist, the Bruce Lee movies from Hong Kong, and the Indian epic, Sholay.
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Bring on the Multiplexes and Asian Mainstream!
20 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this section, we turn to Asian cinema, starting with "Touch of Zen", which was an inspiration for "Iron Monkey" and "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon". We see the rise of kung fu films, with Bruce Lee and the shift to masculine films in the 1970s.

By the 1980s, John Woo brought shoot-outs inspired by Kurosawa and Peckinpah, and all of these influences came together in the fight scenes of "The Matrix". Today we have Hark Tsui, the Asian Spielberg, director of over 40 films (not all of which are good).

For India, "Sholay" was the colossus of 1970s cinema. At over three hours, it is also a colossal time investment.

Stateside, the 1970s brought American record-breaking blockbusters -- "Exorcist", "Jaws" and "Star Wars". I love the strong reaction to "The Exorcist", as well as the work that went into it. Oddly, William Friedkin was dating Howard Hawks' daughter and was inspired by Hawks -- much like John Carpenter would be within a few years. I feel Hawks' role in horror is something that ought to be more examined.

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