The Story of Film: An Odyssey puts a unique and compelling spin on standard film histories. Director Mark Cousins traces the development of film worldwide, both as an art form and a popular pastime—exhilarating for both cinephiles and the casual fan. 2011, digital, 180 minutes.
Part 7: Explosive Films of the Late ’50s and ’60s
The great movie star Claudia Cardinale talks about Federico Fellini; Lars von Trier describes his admiration for Ingmar Bergman; and Bernardo Bertolucci remembers his work with Pier Paolo Pasolini. French filmmakers plant a cinematic bomb with the New Wave that sweeps across Europe.
Part 8: Global Cinema in the Dazzling 1960s
In Hollywood, legendary cinematographer Haskell Wexler reveals how documentary films influenced mainstream movies. Easy Rider and 2001: A Space Odyssey signal a new era in America cinema. Also featured are Roman Polanski, Andrei Tarkvosky, Nagisa Oshima, Mani Kaul, and the birth of Black (not colonialist) African cinema.
Part 9: American Cinema Matures in the Late ’60 and ’70s
Buck Henry, writer of The Graduate, reflects on movie satire. Paul Schrader talks about his existential screenplay for Taxi Driver. Robert Towne explores the dark ideas he wrote into Chinatown, and director Charles Burnett discusses Black American cinema.