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The Story of Film: An Odyssey


Directed by Mark Cousins

“Visually ensnaring and intellectually lithe, it’s at once a love letter to cinema, an unmissable masterclass, and a radical rewriting of movie history.” —Telegraph (UK)

Exhilarating for both cinephiles and the casual fan, The Story of Film: An Odyssey puts a unique, compelling, and—clocking in at 15 hours—epic spin on standard film histories. Film historian, producer, and director Mark Cousins traces the development of film worldwide, both as an art form and a popular pastime. Taking a look at stylistic innovations and visual themes across eras and genres, he sheds new light on Hollywood’s grand traditions by simultaneously embracing forgotten and neglected filmmakers from all corners of the globe.

In the introduction to his 2004 book of the same name, Cousins writes that his expansive approach “could be seen as elitist or self-indulgent, but it isn’t. Film is one of the most accessible art forms so even its most obscure productions can be understood by an intelligent non-specialist, which I assume you are.” That same enlightened, adventurous spirit carries over to this series. Originally produced for BBC’s Channel 4, The Story of Film has screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

The Garden Café by D’Amico will be open during this marathon weekend of screenings in the newly renovated Walker Cinema. 2011, digital, 900 minutes total; 180 minutes each screening.

Funding

The Premieres series is made possible by generous support from Elizabeth Redleaf.

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