Fucking this all day. He narrated my math test and accounting worksheet today.
What I consider the most important feature of this phenomenal undertaking by Cousins is how strongly his love for the movies can be felt, in his narration and his thoughts about different genres and styles. I had the pleasure of watching some of these episodes with a person who neither was interested in black&white nor in films made before 1980. Now he asks me to show him Ozu, Renoir and Godard. Good job Mr. Cousins!
I've just finished this and unfortunately I can't get the voice of Mark Cousins out of my head. He now narrates every film I watch and my everyday activities.
List of films mentioned in TSoF - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Story_of_Film:_An_Odyssey#List_of_episodes
A truly great documentary. Once I could past Cousin's very odd narration, almost broken narration, I was swept up in this wonderfully rambling, inventive story which reminds me how faith i can have in film. It is one of those films it seems almost to ruin to use words to describe to, watch it serves the purpose a lot better. There are a couple of points I would view differently from Cousins but it never takes away.
Thiz has to beeee quite possibly one of the beeeeeest fiiiiilmmmsss eeeeverrrrrr maaaaaaayyydeeee.
I didn't agree 100 percent with Cousins' commentary (Starship Troopers, really?!), but this is an incredible documentary I would recommend to anyone wanting to know more about the history of film worldwide. Being a pretty hardcore film nerd myself for the last 14 years or so, he didn't really mention anyone I hadn't heard of before, but the way he framed his "story of film" was compelling and flowed without a hitch.
In a whole 15 hours, there is maybe hour and a half of interesting material. Which makes this utter shit.
Every bit the equal to Ken Burn's lengthy documentaries Jazz, Baseball, and The War.
Chapter 15 2000 Onwards:Film Moves Full Circle and the Future of Movies Cousins' epic film comes to a close looking at the new innovators of the last decade including Ceylan, Puiu, Reygadas, Weerasethakul and Sokurov. In the end this film is required viewing for a film lover but rest assured what it skips over or ignores will drive you crazy as will some of the essay style narration.Nevertheless quite the achievement
Chapter 14 The 1990's The First Days of Digital Reality Losing its Realness in America and Australia Cousin's penultimate chapter is one of the series' most satisfying entries. His take on the changes digital had on both the industry and auteur is quite encompassing even though it sticks to two countries.The idea that digital has created a post-modern cinema is an interesting concept...that real is no longer enough.
Chapter 13 1990-1998: The Last Days of Celluloid (Before the Coming of Digital) As its title suggests this entry fixates on the move to handheld examing the Iranian movement, J-horror, Hong Kong art film, the Dogma movement and new French and Polish cinema of the period. Most interesting is the interviews with Claire Denis and Shinya Tsukamoto. Only issue is each section ignores so many other filmmakers.