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Less ' documentary', more 'academic study'
This series is very comprehensive given the scope of its subject. I guess that's obvious since there's fifteen episodes to cover a little over a century. Cousins (writer, director and narrator) chooses to focus on films, people and events that only an academic would and so the pacing can come off as uninteresting and sloppy; take it more as a study than an object of entertainment.
The first thing you'll notice (and perhaps be irritated by) is Cousin's narration. It is a candid voice-of-God style that has very little character or dynamic range. If you're capable of getting over this, you will be rewarded (I think).