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The Story of Film looks at film in the 2000's and considers innovations that will drive film forward to the future. It looks at the work of documentary filmmakers like Michael Moore, ... See full summary »

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The Story of Film looks at film in the 2000's and considers innovations that will drive film forward to the future. It looks at the work of documentary filmmakers like Michael Moore, Nicolas Philibert, Douglas Gordon, and Philippe Parreno. It also looks at filmmakers inspired by documentaries and realism including Paul Greengrass and Andrew Dominik,. It also looks at contemporary film around the world including Turkey (Nuri Bilge Ceylan), Romania (Cristi Puiu), Argentina (Lucrecia Martel), Mexico (Carlos Reygadas), Korea (Lee Chang-Dong, Bong Joon-ho, Park Chan-wook), the United States (David Lynch, Darren Aronofsky, James Cameron), Sweden (Roy Andersson), Canada (Roger Avary), Thailand (Apichatpong Weerasethakul), and Russia (Alexander Sokurov). An epilogue considers the future of film-making and discusses Christopher Nolan's Inception (2010) and Michel Gondry's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004). Written by Shatterdaymorn

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Roy Andersson - Interviewee: Why can't movies have the same qualities as painting, so you are fascinated by each single frame.
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The Future of Cinema
30 July 2013 | by See all my reviews

The final segment of this series focuses on... the gorilla. Cousins uses the gorilla as a metaphor for innovation and unexpected twists and turns. Do movies today have a gorilla?

Interestingly, after 9/11, reality film was able to outdo fantasy in many respects. Just look at "Fahrenheit 9/11". Indeed, I do think documentary film has really come into its own since 2001. (In some ways it is replacing investigative journalism.)

We have edgy Korean film, including "Oldboy" (which is being redone by Spike Lee as I type this). And we have Cousins comparing "Wizard of Oz" with "Mulholland Drive", which is wild.

Of course, we have computer technology pushing the limits of the new digital medium. "Inception" would not have been possible in the 1980s, and "Avatar" probably could not have been done in the 1990s...


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