Nice idea, but focused on too many uninteresting directors that I lost interest in this one. I also had to laugh when he classed Ozu as probably the greatest director ever, &Hitchcock as the most important visually (the two most overrated filmmakers to exist) . Doesn't even really touch on experimental film, and I would suggest everyone to watch the best TV series on film ever made: Screening Room by Robert Gardener.
after a long long weeks, finally finished this 15 hour long informative pieces of cinema's journey. it feels like i'm travelling through times of cinema, CHILLING. but it missing some directors, like jean pierre melville, and masaki kobayashi.
Forget the naysayers, what a wonderful accent! This 915 minute video essay monolith is full of insight and epiphany. Whilst sporadically subjective (but then so were Godard and Scorsese's film histories), it is indispensable in its encyclopaedic knowledge and articulate take on key cinematic progressions. At the very least, a Ph.D standard obfuscation, at the most, one of the great documentaries. Outstanding.
Unfortunately Cousins' story of film covers Ozu and Murnau as well as a Bollywood knock-off of ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST and, most damningly, Baz Luhrmann. Fine to shine a light on "Third World" cinema and even spend a whole episode on post-2000 (though I wouldn't), but there are so many weird assertions here that leave one wondering if the man has any standards at all. Not entirely worthless, just not worth much.
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!
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.
vaya ignorante de cine que el canal 22 eligió para doblar y hacerse acompañar de dos "asesores", inútiles a juzgar por el resultado, pésimo a tal grado que vuelve una comedia involuntaria el visionado de un documental que tiene valores evidentes. si algún cinéfilo azteca quiere reírse que escuche al tío este decir el nombre de erich von stroheim y su película "codicia"... pa'su madre... insufrible
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.