"Elegiac and celebratory, passionate and sceptical... the place from which all future revisionism must start."
The New York Times
Available in High Definition for the first time, The Story of Film: An Odyssey, written and directed by award-winning film-maker Mark Cousins, is the story of international cinema told through the history of cinematic innovation.
Five years in the making, The Story of Film: An Odyssey covers six continents and 12 decades, showing how film-makers are influenced both by the historical events of their times, and by each other. It provides a worldwide guided tour of the greatest movies ever made; an epic tale that starts in nickelodeons and ends as a multi-billion dollar globalised digital industry.
Described as a 'love letter' to the movies, Cousins visits the key sites in the history of cinema; from Hollywood to Mumbai; from Hitchcock's London to the village where Pather Panchali was shot, and features interviews with legendary filmmakers and actors including Stanley Donen, Kyoko Kagawa, Gus van Sant, Lars Von Trier, Claire Denis, Bernardo Bertolucci, Robert Towne, Jane Campion and Claudia Cardinale.
It's somewhat interesting, except - the Director narrates the entire film, and adds his own spin on everything. And I found his opinions super annoying and extremely subjective. and worse- he speaks as if his subjective opinions are facts.
needless to say, I never finished the show. It all hinges on whether you can hang with what this guy's opinions on film are.