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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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A História do Cinema: Uma Odisseia See more »

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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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Been there ...
4 November 2012 | by MozjoukineSee all my reviews

Well let me admit I bought out of this one after three hours, at the point where the word "Sound" comes up in big letters.

Here are all the familiar titles and talents being trotted forth once more, this time in murky dupes spaced by some quite nice travel shots, that they thrash for no particular reason other than to get the running time up or justify the plane tickets. Poor Stanley Donen figures at intervals without saying anything notable - probably because he wasn't asked to.

We get to the end of the silent section without seeing a cowboy. Florence Lawrence has a (not bad) section. Bronco Billy Anderson doesn't. The writer-director-pundit ticks off the eight (count 'em) national industries that provide the qualities he can't find in Hollywood and, once again, we never set foot in the Balkans or the Hispanic nations. Ruan Lingyu stands in for Shanghai, three of the thirty "Expressionist" films for six hundred German titles.

You sit there waiting for the kind of "Hey, that makes sense!" moments that you got in the US CINEMA BBC series or the breath catching quality of the images in Enno Patalas' METROPOLIS documentary.

I don't know which is more depressing, this series or the much touted critics poll that an English magazine called Sight & Sound just ran again. Suspect achievements are lauded. Making notable talents invisible is endorsed.


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