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The Arrival of Sound 

The Story of Film looks at the films of the 1930s and the development of "talking pictures". Sound requires the use of sound stages and this effects lighting and cinematography. It looks at... See full summary »


Mark Cousins


Mark Cousins




Episode credited cast:
Mark Cousins ... Himself - Presenter
Howard Hawks ... Himself (archive footage)
Jean Renoir ... Himself (archive footage)
Norman Lloyd ... Himself - Interviewee
Jean-Michel Frodon Jean-Michel Frodon ... Himself - Interviewee
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Juan Diego Botto ... Narrator (voice)
Jean Bouquin Jean Bouquin ... Himself, directeur du Théâtre Dejazet
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself (archive footage)


The Story of Film looks at the films of the 1930s and the development of "talking pictures". Sound requires the use of sound stages and this effects lighting and cinematography. It looks at Rouben Mamoulian's musical Love Me Tonight. It looks at the development of film genres in Hollywood: horror films, gangster films, musicals, westerns, comedies, and animated cartoons. It then looks overseas to look at the work of French filmmakers (Jean Cocteau, Jean Vigo, Marcel Carne, Jean Renoir), South American filmmakers (Mário Peixoto), Poland (Stefan and Franciszka Themerson), Germany (Leni Riefenstahl), and England (Hitchcock). Written by Shatterdaymorn

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24 September 2011 (UK) See more »

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Mark Cousins - Presenter: A spokesman of the Vichy government, which sided with the Nazis, said if we've lost the war it's because of Quai Des Brumes. Director Carney retorted that you can't blame a storm on the barometer.
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The Sound Around the World
10 January 2013 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Story of Film: An Odyssey 'The Arrival of Sound' (2011)

*** (out of 4)

The fourth film in Mark Cousins' series takes a look at the end of the silent era and the doors broke down with the invent of sound. From here we learn about some of the changes Hollywood had to make and then we see some of the most famous genres from this era including the Western, horror, musical and comedy. We then jump ship to France where we learn about the master French directors and their films. The film also takes us to German to see what Leni Riefenstahl was doing during this decade and then we go to Britain for the work of Alfred Hitchcock. As with the previous three, this here jumps all over the place. One moment you're on LOVE ME TONIGHT then you flashback to THE GOLEM, back to FRANKENSTEIN and then up to films decades later. Even with the Hitchcock segment, we spend much more time with films outside the 30's, although THE 39 STEPS gets some of the spotlight. Again, I'm not really sure what type of style Cousins was going for but it's somewhat distracting as things just jump around for whatever reason. It's almost as we really are getting Cousins look at the history of cinema and his mind just bounces around from one subject to another. While this is somewhat distracting, there's still no question that overall the film remains entertaining. It's always interesting hearing another opinion on cinema and we get several great film clips as well as getting to see locations of famous places connected to movies.

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