A free-floating “survey course” of cinematic history, with clips running the gamut and prominent practitioners — David Lynch, Mike Leigh, Jonas Mekas, and (archivally) Hitchcock and Bresson — offering their answer to the question posed by the title.
This film is not currently playing on MUBI but 30 other great films are. See what's now showing
If not *1/2 - so many interviews of fantastic filmmakers, so much footage, and all of it just shows up how disorganized, scattershot, and tacky its putting-together is in this documentary. For very young beginners only, and even then, an entirely inexperienced young adult curious about cinema could do much better in many other ways.