The Story of Film: An Odyssey

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Filmmaker Mark Cousins presents a personal and poetic history of world cinema in this long-form documentary. The Story Of Film: An Odyssey offers an overview of the rise of the motion picture and its role as one of the key art forms of the 20th Century, but rather than simply recount the facts of movie history, Cousins focuses on the creative and stylistic threads that unite great filmmakers through history, and instead of placing the emphasis on the American film industry in Hollywood, Cousins sets out to ...
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Overview

Filmmaker Mark Cousins presents a personal and poetic history of world cinema in this long-form documentary. The Story Of Film: An Odyssey offers an overview of the rise of the motion picture and its role as one of the key art forms of the 20th Century, but rather than simply recount the facts of movie history, Cousins focuses on the creative and stylistic threads that unite great filmmakers through history, and instead of placing the emphasis on the American film industry in Hollywood, Cousins sets out to represent the best film artists from around the world, and the result is a documentary that embraces both familiar audience favorites and lesser-known classics from a century of filmmaking around the globe, offering a look at the many phases and forms of this lively art as well as paying homage to a rich variety of bold and innovative pictures. Produced in fifteen one-hour segments, The Story of Film: An Odyssey was originally produced for British digital cable network More4; prior to its initial broadcast, it was screened at several major film festivals, including the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/11/2012
  • UPC: 741360538108
  • Original Release: 2011
  • Source: Music Box Films
  • Presentation: Special Edition
  • Language: English
  • Time: 15:15:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 12,852

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Amitabh Bachchan Participant
Bernardo Bertolucci Participant
Charles Burnett Participant
Jane Campion Participant
Claudia Cardinale Participant
Youssef Chahine Participant
Terence Davies Participant
Claire Denis Participant
Stanley Donen Participant
Kyoko Kagawa Participant
Abbas Kiarostami Participant
Lars von Trier Participant
Baz Luhrmann Participant
Yuen Woo Ping Participant
Paul Schrader Participant
Alexander Sokurov Participant
Sharmila Tagore Participant
Robert Towne Participant
Gus Van Sant Participant
Wim Wenders Participant
Haskell Wexler Participant
Technical Credits
Mark Cousins Director, Cinematographer, Production Designer, Screenwriter
John Archer Producer
Timo Langer Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Story of Film: An Odyssey - Chapters 1,2,&3
1. Images and Ideas [8:27]
2. The Source of the Nile [15:39]
3. Thrill Becomes Story: Early Innovations in Editing [7:40]
4. The Star System [3:28]
5. Scandinavian Cinema [4:30]
6. The Bauble: Artifice Takes Root in Hollywood [8:21]
7. Women Built Hollywood [5:50]
8. The Wind in the Trees [9:50]
1. Standardize and Control: The Studio System [5:46]
2. Classical and Romantic [7:25]
3. Comedy and Innovation [18:53]
4. Realism Enters the Frame [14:54]
5. Early Russian Laments [4:11]
6. One Man Reformation [11:54]
1. How Would Lubitsch Do It? [4:50]
2. French Impressionist Cinema [4:38]
3. German Expressionism [10:34]
4. Experimental Cinema [5:21]
5. Soviet Montage Cinema [11:10]
6. Japanese Rebels [19:51]
7. China, Shanghai [7:21]
Disc #2 -- Story of Film: An Odyssey - Chapters 4,5, &6
1. Wired for Sound [6:04]
2. Great American Movie Genres [8:30]
3. Movie Innovation in France [7:49]
4. Movie Innovation Elsewhere: Brazil, Poland, Germany [15:16]
5. Alfred Hitchcock [8:02]
6. On the Eve of War [8:37]
1. John Ford [6:04]
2. Orson Welles [8:30]
3. Italian Neo-Realism [7:49]
4. Film Noir [15:16]
5. Hollywood Undone [8:02]
6. "We've Changed" [8:37]
7. Great Britain [8:48]
1. Egypt [5:19]
2. India [15:17]
3. China [4:33]
4. Japan [6:44]
5. Brazil [7:12]
6. Eisenhower's America [7:57]
7. The Method [7:32]
8. American Masters [3:38]
9. Britain [5:22]
Disc #3 -- Story of Film: An Odyssey - Chapters 7,8, & 9
1. Ingmar Bergman [9:30]
2. Robert Bresson [5:55]
3. Jacques Tati [3:52]
4. Federico Fellini [6:45]
5. French New Wave [11:51]
6. Pier Paulo Pasolini [5:08]
7. Sergio Leone [6:52]
8. Luchino Visconti [2:56]
9. Michelangelo Antonioni [3:49]
10. Spreading Wave [6:55]
1. Modern Polish Cinema [4:32]
2. Modern Czech and Hungarian Cinema [10:38]
3. Modern Soviet Cinema [7:36]
4. Modern Japanese Cinema [7:06]
5. Modern Indian Cinema [8:43]
6. Modern Cinema in Brazil, Cuba, Iran, Senegal [13:11]
7. Modern British Cinema [10:32]
1. Upsidedown World [4:32]
2. The Modern Satirists [10:38]
3. Opening Up the Form [7:36]
4. Should I Exist? [7:06]
5. Different Kind of Outsider [8:43]
6. The Older and the New [13:11]
7. Morality and Myth [10:32]
Disc #4 -- Story of Film: An Odyssey - Chapters 10,11, & 12
1. Germany [13:50]
2. Italy [6:47]
3. Great Britain [4:02]
4. Australia [5:50]
5. Japan [9:42]
6. Africa [13:45]
7. Middle East [2:48]
8. South America [6:28]
1. Emperor Shaw [6:44]
2. Key Innovators [13:42]
3. The Bollywood Bauble [5:40]
4. Spirit of the Times [12:50]
5. Arab Cinema [8:06]
6. The Pulse of America [11:40]
7. Cinema of Sensation [4:48]
1. Chinese Cinema: 5th Generation [9:05]
2. Eastern Europe [12:57]
3. Africa [6:31]
4. USA [13:05]
5. France [2:41]
6. Spain [12:54]
7. Great Britain [3:40]
8. Canada [2:40]
Disc #5 -- Story of Film: An Odyssey - Chapters 13, 14 & 15
1. Iranian Cinema [16:06]
2. Hong Kong New Wave [10:34]
3. Japanese Horror [7:23]
4. Dogme 95 [10:08]
5. French Cinema [12:12]
6. Poland and Austria [7:06]
1. Digital Innovation [9:27]
2. The Playful [11:12]
3. Daring Postmodernist [12:11]
4. Art and Idea [2:47]
5. Satire in American Cinema [7:49]
6. Australia's Ingmar Bergman [6:37]
7. Australia's Vincent Minelli [13:05]
1. The Return of the Real [12:20]
2. Naturalistic [15:33]
3. As Well As Dreamlike [4:57]
4. Combine Reality and Dream [12:40]
5. Slow Cinema [9:49]
6. Epilogue [9:26]
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Disc #1 -- Story of Film: An Odyssey - Chapters 1,2,&3
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      Chapter 1: 1895-1918 - The World Discovers a New Art Form
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      Chapter 2: 1918-1928 - The Triumph of American Film and the First of Its Rebels
      Chapter 3: 1918-1932 - The Great Rebel Filmmakers Around the World
   Bonus: The Story of Film In 90 Seconds
Disc #2 -- Story of Film: An Odyssey - Chapters 4,5, &6
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      Chapter 4: The 1930s - The Great American Movie Genres and the Brilliance of European Film
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      Chapter 5: 1939-1952 - The Devastation of War and a New Movie Language
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      Chapter 6: 1953-1957 - The Swollen Story: World Cinema Bursting at the Seams
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   Bonus: The Story Of Film in 90 Seconds
Disc #3 -- Story of Film: An Odyssey - Chapters 7,8, & 9
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      Chapter 7: 1957-1964 - Shock of the New, Modern Filmmaking in Western Europe
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      Chapter 8: 1965-1969 - New Waves Sweep Around the World
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            Modern American Cinema
      Chaper 9: 1967-1979 - New American Cinema
         The Satirists
         The Dissidents
         The Assimilationists
   Bonus: The Story of Film In 90 Seconds
Disc #4 -- Story of Film: An Odyssey - Chapters 10,11, & 12
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      Chapter 10: 1969-1979 - Radical Directors in the 70s Make State of the Nation Movies
         Chapter 10 Scenes
      Chapter 11: The 1970s and Onwards - Innovation in Popular Culture and Around the World
         Chapter 11 Scenes
            Hong Kong Action Cinema
            Bollywood
            The Hollywood Blockbuster
      Chapter 12: The 1980s - Moviemaking and Protest Around the World
         Chapter 12 Scenes
   Bonus: The Story of Film In 90 Seconds
Disc #5 -- Story of Film: An Odyssey - Chapters 13, 14 & 15
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      Chapter 13: 1990-1998 - The Last Days of Celluloid, Before the Coming of Digital
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      Chapter 14: The 1990s - The First Days of Digital: Reality Losing its Realness in American and Australia
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            Postmodern American Cinema
            Australia and New Zealand
      Chapter 15: 2000 Onwards - Film Moves Full Circle and the Future of Movies
   Bonus: The Story of Film In 90 Seconds
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