The Story of Film: An Odyssey (Limited Edition Steelbook) [DVD]
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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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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.
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]  [US Import] Easy Riders, Raging Bulls  [DVD] That's Entertainment Box Set [DVD] and The Kid Stays in the Picture [DVD] 
For anyone with a love of Film or is studying the subject this DVD is invaluable.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Trying to tell the story of film, a still rather young artform, was always going to be an ambitious task. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Joe
It is a great documentary about movies! Highly recommend for enthusiasts and studentsPublished 3 months ago by C.G.C.
I was very excited when I bought it but I personally found it quite boring. If you don't know much about the story of film, like is my case, then you still won't know much about... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Suki
An excellent Christmas gift but for anyone who loves film a worthwhile buyPublished 7 months ago by Spadams
This wonderful survey is to some extent spoiled by a couple of technical issues, the most serious of which is that the sound level constantly varies up and down. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Lawrence of London