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European New Wave 

The Story of Film examines European cinema in the period of 1957-1964. It first looks at the works of influential directors Ingmar Bergman, Robert Bresson, Jacques Tati, and Federico ... See full summary »


Mark Cousins


Mark Cousins




Episode credited cast:
Mark Cousins ... Himself - Presenter
Lars von Trier ... Himself - Interviewee
Stig Björkman ... Himself - Interviewee
Paul Schrader ... Himself - Interviewee
Mani Kaul ... Himself - Interviewee
Bill Forsyth ... Himself - Interviewee
Claudia Cardinale ... Herself - Interviewee
François Truffaut ... Himself (archive footage)
Baz Luhrmann ... Himself - Interviewee
Pier Paolo Pasolini ... Himself (archive footage)
Bernardo Bertolucci ... Himself - Interviewee
Sergio Leone ... Himself (archive footage)
Luchino Visconti ... Himself (archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Juan Diego Botto ... Narrator (voice)


The Story of Film examines European cinema in the period of 1957-1964. It first looks at the works of influential directors Ingmar Bergman, Robert Bresson, Jacques Tati, and Federico Fellini. It examines the French New Wave Movement including the work of Agnès Varda, Alain Resnais, François Truffaut, and Jean-Luc Godard). It then looks at New Wave filmmakers in Italy (Pier Paolo Pasolini, Sergio Leone, Luchino Visconti, and Michelangelo Antonioni). Finally, it looks at the New Wave directors in Spain (Marco Ferreri, Luis Buñuel) and Sweden (Vilgot Sjöman). Written by Shatterdaymorn

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15 October 2011 (UK) See more »

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Cousins claimed that Psycho was influenced by the 1960 documentary Primary. Yet Hitchcock started shooting Psycho on 11th November 1959 and finished on 1st Fenruary 1960 and the Wisconsin Primary was held on 21st January 1960 - which means that not only was the documentary not finished until after Hitchcock made Psycho, but the events in it didn't even happen until Psycho's final week of shooting! See more »


Paul Schrader - Interviewee: Freud had a phrase for it. The representation of thing by its opposite. If you push away far enough, you'll get there. You'll get to the thing you're pushing away from.
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European New Wave
27 June 2013 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

In this segment, Marc Cousins singles out four Europeans who he thinks brought the 1950s into the modern era. They are: Ingmar Bergman, a depressing Scandinavian director very much in the mold of Carl Dreyer. He was (possibly) the first to have his actress face the camera.

Robert Bresson, whose masterpiece is "Pickpocket". He lingers on the physical, getting emotions even from a donkey who could not care less that he is being filmed.

Jacques Tati, who was inspired by Chaplin and was more concerned with letting the story tell itself than telling a story that was not there. (Of the four, Tati is the least known in America...) And Federico Fellini, with a special focus on "Nights of Cabiria". While Fellini may be better known for "8 1/2" and "La Vita Dolce", it is through "Cabiria" that I know him and I appreciate the documentary picking it apart.

For good measure, we also throw in Jean-Luc Godard and Visconti. Both of these men are folks whose work I need to look into more.

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