The Story of Film: An Odyssey

Director Mark Cousins
Genre Documentary
Runtime 900 minutes (15 one hour episodes)
Supplier Hanway Films
Festivals/Awards Toronto International Film Festival Official Selection 2011
Release Date In theatres on May 26, 2012
DVD/Blu-ray available on December 18, 2012


At the end of the 1800s, a new art form flickered into life. It looked like our dreams. It showed us foreign lands. It changed what we long for. Movies are now a multi-billion dollar, global, digital, entertainment industry. And they're all about the money. Or are they? This documentary doesn't think so. We believe that cinema is about something else. But what? There's only one way to find out – go on the road, travel the world. Meet people like Stanley Donen who made Singing in the Rain. And Youssef Chahine the first great Arab and African director. And Jane Campion in Australia. And Kyoko Kagawa, who was in perhaps the greatest movie ever made. They know what cinema is, where it came from and how it works. They know that money doesn't drive movies… innovation does.

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Cast & Credits

Stanley Donen, Director Singing in the Rain
Jane Campion, Director The Piano
Kyôko Kagawa, Actress High and Low
Youssef Chahine Alexandria... Why?
Claire Denis 35 Shots of Rum
Wim Wenders Wings of Desire
Robert Towne Chinatown
Amitabh Bachchan Eklavya - The Royal Guard

Press & Articles

“'The Story of Film,' cinematic event of the year” - The Telegraph

The Story of Film: An Odyssey

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