The only thing that bothers me in this documentary it probably bothers Martin Scorsese more. As he said in the final of the doc, misses some of great directors and cinema landmarks. It's not complete. However, what Scorsese achieves with this didactic but friendly talk is beyond great, it's really superb. We learn and made us think about movies and the passionate bunch of artists behind them.
I had a great time with this film. Felt back I was I back in college again listening to a wonderful lecture. Charming. Had to go the extra mile and actually purchase this one -- great for educating friends or family.
Should be in every cinephile's, filmmaker's, apprentice's, student's (what have you) list of research docs. There isn't a dull moment during this exciting four-hour long talk between one of the greatest filmmakers of our time and all of us throughout the world. One of the best of BFI's Century of Cinema series, this one is definitely mandatory.
To properly enjoy this doc means to have a pen and paper ready, then spend the weeks needed to watch the films he guides you through. Truly a gem and a great introduction to the films that influenced some of the greatest auteurs.
I'm surprised there's no reviews on here. This was the first historical documentary I had ever seen about film, and it was a great introduction. Learned all I could, found directors with this, and through them found others. I'd argue it's a great series of lectures about genre, style and directing.