The Story of Film: An Odyssey

Director Mark Cousins sheds a fresh perspective on the birth and transformation of cinema in his 15-hour epic The Story of Film: An Odyssey. Official synopsis as follows:

“At the end of the 1800s, a new art form flickered into life. It looked like our dreams. It showed us foreign lands. It changed what we long for.

Movies are now a multi-billion dollar, global, digital, entertainment industry. And they’re all about the money. Or are they?

This documentary doesn’t think so. We believe that cinema is about something else. But what? There’s only one way to find out- go on the road, travel the world. Meet people like Stanley Donen who made Singing in the Rain. And Youssef Chahine the first great Arab and African director. And Jane Campion in Australia. And Kyoko Kagawa, who was in perhaps the greatest movie ever made.

They know what cinema is, where it came from and how it works. They know that money doesn’t drive movies…innovation does.

Welcome to the Story of Film. An Oddysey; an epic tale of innovation, across 12 decades, six continents, a thousand films…”

The full trailer can be streamed down at the bottom of the page!

The Story of Film: An Odyssey, 2011