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 13: Nineties Film—a Surprise Golden Age
Iran’s Abbas Kiarostami rethinks movie-making and makes it more real. In Tokyo, Shinji Tsukamoto lays the ground for a bold new Japanese horror cinema. Also included is an interview in Paris with one of the world’s greatest directors, Claire Denis, and a journey to Mexico.
Part 14: Brilliant, Flashy, Playful movies of ’90s
Highlights include an examination of what was new in Quentin Tarantino’s dialogue and the edginess of the Coen Brothers. The writer of Starship Troopers and Robocop discusses irony in those films; and in Australia, Baz Luhrmann talks about Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge. Then a plunge into the digital world changes movies forever.
Part 15: Movies Come Full Circle
Things get more serious after 9/11, and Romanian cinema comes to the fore. David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive becomes one of the most complex dream films ever made, and Inception turns cinema into a game. In Moscow, an interview with master director Alexander Sokurov delves into his innovative works. The Story of Film moves forward to envision movies in the future.