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The Story of Film: An Odyssey is a television documentary series that takes viewers on an epic journey through the history movies. The series chronicles the rise to massive budgets of blockbusters drawing audiences from the meager beginnings when cinema was a more affluent privilege. Creatively narrated, the series uses a number of examples and draws inspiration from a wide variety of movies that many viewers will recognize and few gems that time has forgotten. Different trends that influenced film are also explored with an emphasis on some of the movements that would help shape the world and society to the core.

Saturday 9:15 PM et/pt on More4
1 Season, 15 Episodes
September 3, 2011
History
8.4/10
Cast: Mark Cousins, Juan Diego Botto
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The Story of Film: An Odyssey Full Episode Guide

Season 1 15 full episodes
  • Episode 15 - Cinema Today and the Future

    The series concludes by examining current-day cinema, then goes beyond the present to look at what the future holds for moviemaking.

  • Episode 14 - New American Independents & The Digit...

    This is the story of the movies in the English-speaking world in the '90s. We look at Quentin Tarantino's dialogue and the edge of the Coen brothers.

  • Episode 13 - New Boundaries: World Cinema in Afric...

    Cinema around the world in the '90s entered a golden age. The story starts in Iran, where we meet Abbas Kiarostami, who rethought moviemaking.

  • Episode 12 - Fight the Power: Protest in Film

    This is the story of how brave filmmakers spoke truth to power. Director John Sayles discusses these years. We discover the growth of Chinese cinema.

  • Episode 11 - The Arrival of Multiplexes and Asian ...

    This chapter explains how films such as Star Wars and Jaws were innovative, then travels to 1970s India to show how Bollywood was doing new things.

  • Episode 10 - Movies to Change the World

    This is the story of the movies that tried to change the world in the '70s. We start in Germany, then head to Britain, Italy, Australia and Japan.

  • Episode 9 - American Cinema of the 70's

    Paul Schrader discusses his screenplay for Taxi Driver, Robert Towne talks about Chinatown, and Charles Burnett explores Black American cinema.

  • Episode 8 - New Directors, New Form

    As the new wave in cinema sweeps around the world in the 1960s, we discover the films of Roman Polanski, Andrei Tarkovsky and Nagisa Oshima.

  • Episode 7 - European New Wave

    We discover how French filmmakers in the late '50s and '60s planted a bomb under the movies and see how the new wave it caused swept across Europe.

  • Episode 6 - Sex & Melodrama

    Mark Cousins explores how sex and melodrama became prevalent themes in movies of the 1950s. He analyses the popularity of James Dean, On the Waterfront and Hollywood's sentimental romantic dramas, and looks at films from Egypt, India, China, Mexico, Britain and Japan that were fuelled by rage and passion. The presenter also interviews Japanese actress Kyoko Kagawa, who starred in films by Akira Kurosawa and Yasujiro Ozu, meets colleagues of renowned Indian director Satyajit Ray and talks to Youssef Chahine, who he regards as the first great African film-maker.

  • Episode 5 - Post-War Cinema

    This chapter shows how the trauma of war made cinema more daring. We start in Italy, then go to Hollywood to chart the darkening of American film.

  • Episode 4 - The Arrival of Sound

    We see how the coming of sound in the 1930s upended everything and witness the birth of new types of film: horror movies, Westerns, musicals and more.

  • Episode 3 - The Golden Age of World Cinema

    We visit Paris, Berlin, Moscow, Shanghai and Tokyo in the 1920s to discover the places where moviemakers were pushing the boundaries of the medium.

  • Episode 2 - The Hollywood Dream

    Film-maker Mark Cousins continues his story of international cinema. In the 1920s, Hollywood became a glittering entertainment industry and witnessed the emergence of stars Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. Meanwhile, directors such as Carl Theodor Dreyer sought to make more challenging and mature films.

  • Episode 1 - Birth of the Cinema

    This first chapter shows the birth of a new art form -- the movies -- and the passion that has always driven film, more than money and marketing.

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