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The Story of Film: An Odyssey (Limited Edition Steelbook) [DVD]

Gus van Sant , Lars Von Trier , Mark Cousins    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gus van Sant, Lars Von Trier, Bernardo Bertolucci, Paul Schrader, Baz Luhrmann
  • Directors: Mark Cousins
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 30 April 2012
  • Run Time: 915 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,009 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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The Story of Film: An Odyssey, written and directed by award-winning film-maker Mark Cousins, is the story of international cinema told through the history of cinematic innovation.

Five years in the making, The Story of Film: An Odyssey covers six continents and 12 decades, showing how film-makers are influenced both by the historical events of their times, and by each other. It provides a worldwide guided tour of the greatest movies ever made; an epic tale that starts in nickelodeons and ends as a multi-billion-dollar globalised digital industry.

Described as a love letter to the movies, Cousins visits the key sites in the history of cinema; from Hollywood to Mumbai; from Hitchcock s London to the village where Pather Panchali was shot, and features interviews with legendary filmmakers and actors including Stanley Donen, Kyoko Kagawa, Gus van Sant, Lars Von Trier, Claire Denis, Bernardo Bertolucci, Robert Towne, Jane Campion and Claudia Cardinale.

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60 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Endlessley fascinating and charmingly innovative 30 Jan 2012
We must be thankful that this series was made at all because while TV seems happy to take risks in drama and comedy it is fairly conservative when it domes to documentaries. The Story of Film is as good a place to start an appreciation of film as any. The joy of the show is that it celebrates world cinema and places it alongside innovations taking place in the US and Europe. But it is not a polemic and Cousins succeeds in using the context of world cinema to ENHANCE our understanding and APPRECIATION of all cinema. The documentary is broadly chronological but like a superior drama Cousins uses references established early on to support later points e.g. the work of D W Griffith is used to help illustrate points made about spaghetti westerns and modern digital cinema. One emerges from this experience with an enriched understanding of the mechanics of cinema, an appreciation of the art of cinema, a hunger to explore unknown films and an admiration for a film maker who uses the simplest of techniques to tell his story. Cousins as filmmaker is matched by Cousins the narrator. Thoroughly recommended.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
I'm writing this having watched the 15-week TV screening and this evening having attended the BFI launch of this DVD set, at which Mark Cousins introduced a 75 min taster and answered questions. I found the series compulsive and very instrumental in widening my horizon for cinema across the world and as an antidote to getting trapped by Hollywood dominance of the marketing of film. Cousins doesn't behave with disdain for all things Hollywood but he does place them in a wider global and temporal context. I found his style engaging and uncluttered, e.g. he doesn't deliver his narrative to camera, leaving the viewer free to concentrate on the over 1000 film clips he uses to make various points. He uses well-known films like The Third Man and Taxi Driver and eye-opening films from around the world, some well-known, others obscure. But they're all there for a reason, not as wallpaper while he speaks: each clip illustrates a particular point and fits into a carefully presented whole. The extent of his research to produce the series was extremely extensive both in identifying the clips to use and in the interviews he conducted.

I know several people who couldn't watch the TV series because of Mark Cousins' Irish inflexion. My wife was one of those but at this evening's BFI launch she had no problem. I urge anyone who reacts against his inflexion to try hard to get past it, to the enjoyable and educational insights he provides. It is, in my opinion, a masterwork by that most wonderful of things, an enthusiastic expert who just wants to engage more people in the subject he loves. In his own words, a love letter to the movies.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Epic Story 3 Nov 2012
First of all I think this film described by it's Director/Writer/Narrator Mark Cousins as 'a Love Letter to Film'is a masterpiece of Documentary filmmaking.

The film is 15 hours in total spread over 5 Disc's from the birth of cinema in the late 19th Century to the present time. The film contains around about 1000 clips from films all over the world and the Director films in some of the locations around the world where pivotal moments occured and also interviews key players in the Story of Film.

I really enjoyed the 32 page booklet that comes with the boxset in which Mark Cousins discusses the making of the film and also shares some of his highlights from filming in various parts of the world.

Mark Cousins narration is a little difficult to get used to at first with his emphasis on certain word's and phrases and admitedly not a born narrator. But once you get over this you are able to enjoy the film without letting this spoil it for you.

My only critiscism of the DVD is that it doesn't have Subtitles which is disappointing.

As a companion to The Story of Film An Odyssey I would recommend the following films; Mgm: When the Lion Roars [DVD] [2009] [US Import] Easy Riders, Raging Bulls [2003] [DVD] That's Entertainment Box Set [DVD] and The Kid Stays in the Picture [DVD] [2003]

For anyone with a love of Film or is studying the subject this DVD is invaluable.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Story of Film review 3 Aug 2012
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I was very excited when I received this package in the post! For anyone who loves film and is as fascinated by its history, this is a treat. Especially interesting is the way Cousins embraces a world view of cinema. The documentary goes for 15 hours - or a whole weekend not leaving the house - and includes interesting clips of some well-known and perhaps much lesser known film stories, from places ranging Calcutta, China, Japan, Senegal,Egypt and Iran, to the wonders of Northern European cinema, the Eastern Block, Hollywood, and less mainstream American and British film. I was particularly impressed by the early days of cinema and being able to see the origins of many Hollywood ideas in non-western and European cinema. Some interesting interviews with directors and actors including Sharmilla Tagore and Lars Von Trier, and some well chosen clips and discussions from the feast of cinema. It is in many ways good introduction to the ideas and movements in cinema history. Am inspired to see more of the work of Ray and Ozu now, and to show this dvd to my 89 year old dad who will just love this.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A journey through film art
Once you get over the narrates irritating voice it is a really intelligent analysis of film history and theory.Never boring.
Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 15 days ago by Linda Durman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
the story of film is breathtaking,fantistic service.patrick fay
Published 1 month ago by Patrick F.
5.0 out of 5 stars Speedy!
Very quick delivery, product as expected.
Published 1 month ago by Nick Gurney
5.0 out of 5 stars Only Someone Who Loves Films Could Make This Documentary!
I have really enjoyed watching the history of film not just from a Euro perspective but a really global one! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Hoosierromy
4.0 out of 5 stars What you may not know from film school...innovation & more.
Takes you on a journey of discovery in the eras of filmmaking: from the invention of the moving image to the innovations of the most recognisable VFX to the Independant features... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Daniel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction to the history of film
I tried to watch this when the series was broadcast on TV, however I kept missing bits. So instead requested this as a Christmas present. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Hazel B
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific story, awful narrative voice
So far watched the first disk and it is a terrific story. For anyone who wants to understand and know more about the art of film. It's insightful, complete, thorough, delves deep. Read more
Published 5 months ago by little drummer girl
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good History of World Film
You have to view these programs with a certain amount of caution because it's very much Mark Cousin's overall view. Read more
Published 5 months ago by John M
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal
Exceptional documentary about the History of Cinema.

A must for any film lover.

Well done Mark Cousins for this brilliant introduction.
Published 6 months ago by Conroy
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