The Story of Film

The Story of Film

An Odyssey

Streaming Video - 2012
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The Story of Film: An Odyssey is an unprecedented cinematic event, an epic journey through the history of world cinema that is a treat for movie lovers around the globe.
Publisher: [United States] : Music Box Films : Made available through hoopla, 2012
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: streaming video file (15 video files (ca. 915 min.)) : sd., col

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JCLMichelleH Aug 26, 2017

I also like Mark Cousins' narration. Sure he makes some observations that need more support, but he's moving through an amazing quantity of material, much of which is unknown to viewers in the United States. And he balances out his bold assertions with touching observations about the importance of stories about people. He champions rebels. He admires innovation. He appreciates realism. And he likes more talk, less plot. I love the guy.

LetsNeverPart Jul 24, 2017

Sorry, guys... I stand by the narrator's voice. I thought it was very "zen" and matched the contemplative mood of the film. I would argue this is not for "binge watching" so much-- more for unwinding during an episode, then moving on to something else, letting the content sink in. I definitely appreciated the history lessons and it makes me realize how limited I am for not having had (or seeking) access to the full breadth of foreign films that the narrator introduces us to. I watched the Seventh Seal because of this series, and I enjoyed it so much more than if I picked it up on my own. It not only introduces you to individual movies, but directors to pay attention to, ones you can follow like favor authors. It just helps you be aware of certain details you may miss as a casual viewer. I only had one film class in college, and it was fantastic. I completely understand why people pursue the subject as a Major. This series gives you that feeling.

ChampionMDR Sep 02, 2015

This is a fabulous, chronological documentation of film. As a result of having watched it, I have added many films to my "must see" list. The only down side is that the commentator has an extremely irritating, monotone voice which is hard to take ...

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Old_Toto
Mar 23, 2015

This is the best global movie survey on DVD that I have seen with two faults: 1. Professor Cousins monotone is distracting after the first 30 minutes. 2. No subtitles except to translate foreign languages for the hearing impaired like me. This is a great source to evaluate foreign and many historic films for check out from KCLS. Thoroughly evaluated by Roger Ebert.

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lapearthree
Feb 08, 2014

The series will challenge you but not because you have to hear an Irish lilt for than one minute. The series glosses over Hollywood for the most part, asking us to consider all that we did not know was going on in other countries' cinema. The film clips are amazing. I don't agree with everything said, but I was able to "read" movies so much better after having invested my time in this. The discussion here of Prof. Cousins' mild accent seems out of place in Boston (of all places) and most especially for a series that is encouraging us to view and hear more, many more, foreign films.

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keanlaffitte
Sep 10, 2013

if you don't like his narration return it early whiners!

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downsman
Apr 09, 2013

Sometimes writers decide they are going to narrate their audio books themselves. Sometimes it works out well (Martyn Waites e.g.). Often it does not. Mark Cousins' narration of the brilliant DVD set covering the history of film is analogous to the author who narrates but shouldn't. The history and analysis is excellent (5 star) but his droning voice with every statement lilting upwards at the very end... AAAAAGH !!!!! So it loses a star for that. If only he'd got an actor to do it.

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lvon98
Feb 18, 2013

I must say that Cousins' droning narrative voice gets to be a bit grating after a while. I am beginning the third hour of this saga, which is intelligently done on the whole.

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kevinzelko
Feb 16, 2013

An amazing documentary that is the history of film. Cousins voice and brilliant descriptive vocabulary is only surpassed by his knowledge of film! Almost better than a film class!

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