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The Story of Film: An Odyssey 

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A comprehensive history of the medium and art of motion pictures.
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Mark Cousins ...  Himself - Presenter / ... 15 episodes, 2011
Juan Diego Botto ...  Narrator 15 episodes, 2011
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Film critic and historian Mark Cousins uses film clips, interviews with filmmakers, and illustrative footage of locations around the world to take viewers through film and filmmaking history, from the late 19th century to today, with a particular emphasis on world cinema. Written by agentstinky

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A passionate ode to cinema, spanning 6 continents, 12 decades and 1,000 films.


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Channel 4 [UK]

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UK

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English

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3 September 2011 (UK) See more »

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The Story of Film: An Odyssey See more »

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(15 episodes)

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Mark Cousins is an Honorary Professor of the University of Glasgow. See more »

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Complete 900 minute version shown at the Toronto International Film Festival (in 2011), and the New York Museum of Modern Art in New York City (in 2012). See more »

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Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Documentary Mini Series (2015) See more »

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The best overview so far. to bad there was no budget
14 December 2013 | by willardj2006See all my reviews

Obviously there was not enough budget for this immense task. So the maker had to cut expenses and had to do many things himself. Just because you know a lot about film doesn't make you a good cameraman or even a narrator. But instead of leaving it just to an idea. He grabbed what he could and went on an odyssey. And he probably thought that film lovers would see that and understand it. He also would have thought that film lovers would appreciate his personal way of doing things, just as many of the filmmakers he portrays do things their very own way. But No! IMDb reviewers are much more interested in Hollywood conventions that in anything else. So considering the obvious lack of resources, money and most likely time, I would consider this a masterpiece to those with an open mind who are not constricted to National borders to find out about the origin of film style and technique.

Keep in mind: Odyssey means a daring trip to find something while confronting dangers and solving problems along the way. Getting there is more important then how. Story means a series of thought s and events chained together in a very personal way.

So let go of any pre-judgements and learn from this series about the incredible history of film, told in a very personal way.


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