The Story of Film. 2011. Great Britain. Directed by Mark Cousins

Prodigious, poetic, and unlike any other “history” of cinema, Mark Cousins’s The Story of Film: An Odyssey is, as the title promises, a thrilling journey. Cousins’s personal voyage—complete with side-trips and retraced steps—is an illuminating, idiosyncratic tour of the emotional and intellectual pleasures of cinema. Framed in 15 chapters, with a combined running time of 15 hours, the film is a treasure trove of clips from films both famous and underappreciated, interviews from a global who’s-who of filmmakers, and passionate, provocative commentary.

Organized by Laurence Kardish, Senior Curator, and Sally Berger, Assistant Curator, Department of Film.

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