I agree that it maybe wasn't such a great idea to highlight Baz Luhrmann as much as Mark Cousins does, but this is such a valuable resource for getting a taste of foreign directors and foreign films, as well as essential films situated in different periods. Annoying though his cadence as a narrative might be, I would definitely recommend this to burgeoning film fans looking to open up their perspective about cinema.
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.
2nd run through to show my girlfriend and I just adore this series. Riveting, educational and exceptionally researched. Why bother with what you think was omitted when you get 15 hours of insight into films rarely recognised by Western film-buffs? Also I love Cousins' narration and even have affection for the extremely lame amateur footage interspersed throughout the clips.
Great doc that fueled my early passion for film. Admirably, Cousins refuses to rehash the conventional historical narrative of cinema. He balances his presentation with films that have objective, historic importance (lending his commentary academic credibility) & movies that hold more personal significance (contributing vital life & individuality to the project).
i really enjoyed watching this, mark cousins has a really lovely voice. the downside to it is that it's basically just his own movie taste and he seems to rag a lot on american cinema which annoyed me. also he spoiled the ending of Performance for me which I was really excited to watch..
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.