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THE STORY OF FILM: AN ODYSSEY

Director: Mark Cousins Country: United Kingdom Runtime: 900 minutes Producer: John Archer, Sdbfgsgsdgd Hopscotch Films Editor: Timo Langer Principal Cast: Wim Wenders, Gus van Sant, Amitabh Bachchan, Lars Von Trier, Stanley Donen, Claire Denis, Bernardo Bertolucci, Robert Towne, Jane Campion, Claudia Cardinale

An epic 15-part worldwide guided tour of the greatest movies ever made, made over five years on six continents, covering 12 decades and a thousand films. Written and directed by the award-winning Mark Cousins, this definitive series is a love letter to the movies. Telling the history of cinema from the silent era to the digital age, the show visits key cinematic landmarks, from Hollywood to Mumbai, and features interviews with legendary filmmakers and actors.

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THE STORY OF FILM: AN ODYSSEY: EPISODE SYNOPSES


Episode 1: Birth Of The Cinema (1900-1920) This opening part of The Story of Film: An Odyssey shows the birth of a great new art form, the movies. Filmed in the very buildings where the first movies were made, it shows that ideas and passion have always driven film, more than money and marketing. We hear the story of the very first movie stars, close ups and special effects and then we travel to Hollywood to see how it became a myth. The story is full of surprises, such as the fact that the greatest, and best paid writers in these early years, were women. And then theres the glamour: the building of the great movie cathedrals. Episode 2: The Hollywood Dream (1920s) This is the fascinating story of the movies in the roaring 20s. We see how Hollywood became a glittering entertainment industry in these years, and how star directors like Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton emerged. But the gloss and fantasy was challenged by movie makers like Robert Flaherty, Eric Von Stroheim and Carl Theodor Dreyer, who wanted films to be more serious and mature. Filmed in Hollywood, Denmark and Moscow, looks at the battle for the soul of cinema and some of the greatest movies ever made. Episode 3: Expressionism, Impressionism, And Surrealism: Golden Age Of World Cinema (1920s) The 1920s were a golden age for world cinema, and this is the story of that age. We visit Paris, Berlin, Moscow, Shanghai and Tokyo to discover the places where movie makers were pushing the boundaries of the medium. German Expressionism, Soviet montage, French impressionism and surrealism were passionate new film movements, but less well known are the glories of Chinese and Japanese films and the moving story of one of the great, now forgotten, movie stars, Ruan Lingyu. Episode 4: The Arrival Of Sound (1930s) In this episode we see how the coming of sound in the 1930s upended everything. We watch the birth of new types of film: screwball comedies, gangster pictures, horror films, westerns and musicals, and discover a master of most of them, Howard Hawks. Far away from Hollywood, in England Alfred Hitchcock hits his stride and French directors become masters of mood. And we discover that three of the great films of 1939 The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind and Nintochka have something in common. Episode 5: Post-War Cinema (1940s) This episode of The Story of Film shows how the trauma of war made cinema more daring. The story starts in Italy, and then we go to Hollywood, discover Orson Welles and chart the darkening of American film and the drama of the McCarthy era. Screenwriters Paul Schrader and Robert Towne discuss theses years. The director of Singin in the Rain, Stanley Donen, talks exclusively about his career, and we discover that British films like The Third Man best sum up these extraordinary years. Episode 6: Sex & Melodrama (1950s) This episode tells the story of sex and melodrama in the movies of the 50s. We discover James Dean, On the Waterfront and the glossy weepies of the time, but also travel to Egypt, India, China, Mexico, Britain and Japan to find that movies there too were full of rage and passion. Features exclusive interviews with the people who worked with Satyajit Ray, with legendary actress Kyoko Kagawa who starred in films by Akira Kurosawa and Yasujiro Ozu, and the first great Africa director, Youssef Chahine Episode 7: European New Wave (1960s) This episode tells the explosive story of film in the late 50s and 60s. The great movie star Claudia Cardinale talks exclusively about Federico Fellini. In Denmark, Lars Von Trier describes his admiration for Ingmar Bergman, and Bernardo Bertolucci remembers his work with Pier Paolo Pasolini. We discover how French filmmakers planted a bomb under the movies, and see how the new wave it caused swept across Europe.

Episode 8: New Directors, New Form (1960s) This is the story of the dazzling 1960s in cinema around the world. In Hollywood, legendary cinematographer Haskell Wexler reveals how documentary influenced mainstream movies. Easy Rider and 2001: A Space Odyssey begin a new era in America cinema. And as the new wave in cinema sweeps around the world, we discover the films of Roman Polanski, Andrei Tarkvosky, and Nagisa Oshima. Black African cinema is born and we talk exclusively to the Indian master director Mani Kaul.

Episode 9: American Cinema of the 70s This is the remarkable story of the maturing of American cinema of the late 60s and 70s. Buck Henry, who wrote The Graduate, talks exclusively about movie satire of the time. Paul Schrader in New York reveals his thoughts on his existential screenplay for Taxi Driver. Writer Robert Towne explores the dark ideas in Chinatown, and director Charles Burnett talks about the birth of Black American cinema. Episode 10: Movies To Change The World (1970s) This is the story of the movies that tried to change the world in the 70s. We start in Germany with Wim Wenders, then go to Britain in the 70s and talk exclusively to Ken Loach, then travel to Italy, and see the birth of new Australian cinema, and then arrive in Japan, which was making the most moving films in the world. Even bigger, bolder questions about film were being asked in Africa and South America, and the story ends with John Lennons favourite film, the extraordinary, psychedelic The Holy Mountain. Episode 11: The Arrival of Multiplexes and Asian Mainstream (1970s) Star Wars, Jaws and The Exorcist created the multiplexes, but they were also innovative. This episode shows how, and then travels to India where the worlds most famous movie star, Amitabh Bachchan, shows how Bollywood was doing new things in the 70s too. And we discover that Bruce Lee movies in Hong Kong kick started the kinetic films of Hong Kong, where Master Yuen Wo Ping talks exclusively about his action movies and his wire fu choreography for The Matrix. Episode 12: Fight The Power: Protest in Film (1980s) With Ronald Reagan in the White House and Margaret Thatcher in Downing Street, the 1980s were the years of protest in the movies. This is the story of how brave filmmakers spoke truth to power. American independent director John Sayles talks exclusively about these years. In Beijing we discover the blossoming of Chinese cinema before the Tiananmen crackdown. In the Soviet Union, the past wells up in astonishing films, and in Poland the master director Krzysztof Kieslowski emerges. Episode 13: New Boundaries: World Cinema in Africa, Asia, Latin America (1990s) Few saw it coming, but cinema around the world in the 90s entered a golden age. The story starts in Iran, where the meet Abbas Kiarostami, who rethought movie making and made it more real. Then we meet Shinji Tsukamoto who laid the ground for the bold new Japanese horror cinema. From Tokyo, the story moves to Paris where one of the worlds greatest directors, Claire Denis, talks exclusively about her work. The story ends in Mexico with the blossoming of its new films. Episode 14: New American Independents & The Digital Revolution (1990s) This is the story of the brilliant, flashy, playful movies in the English speaking world in the 90s. We look at what was new in Tarantinos dialogue and the edge of the Coen brothers. The writer of Starship Troopers and Robocop talks exclusively about their irony. In Australia, Baz Luhrmann talks about Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge and we plunge into the digital world to see how it has changed the movies forever. Episode 15: Cinema Today and The Future (2000s) In the final part of The Story of Film: An Odyssey, movies come full circle. They get more serious after 9/11, and Romanian movies come to the fore, but then David Lynchs Mulholland Drive becomes one of the most complex dream films ever made and Inception turns film into a game. In Moscow, master director Alexander Sokurov talks exclusively about his innovative films and then theres a surprise: The Story of Film goes beyond the present, to look at film in the future.