The Story of Film: An Odyssey

The Story of Film: An Odyssey

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. Guided by film historian Mark Cousins, this bold 15-part love letter to the movies begins with the invention of motion pictures at the end of the 19th century and concludes with the multi-billion dollar globalized digital industry of the 21st.

The Story of Film: An Odyssey heralds a unique approach to the evolution of film art by focusing on the artistic vision and innovations of filmmaking pioneers. Cousins’ distinctive approach also yields a personal and idiosyncratic rewriting of film history. Filmed at key locations in film history on every continent, from Thomas Edison’s New Jersey laboratory, to Hitchcock’s London; from post-war Rome to the thriving industry of modern day Mumbai–this landmark documentary is filled with glorious clips from some of the greatest movies ever made and features interviews with legendary filmmakers and actors including Stanley Donen, Kyoko Kagawa, Gus van Sant, Lars Von Trier, Wim Wenders, Abbas Kiarostami, Claire Denis, Bernardo Bertolucci, Robert Towne, Jane Campion and Claudia Cardinale.

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The Story of Film: An Odyssey
  • The Story of Film: An Odyssey, Part 1

    Directed by Mark Cousins • Documentary • With Terence Davies, Bernardo Bertolucci, Jane Campion, Baz Luhrmann, Lars von Trier, Gus Van Sant • 2012 • 61 minutes

    This opening of The Story of Film: An Odyssey shows the birth of a great new art form, the movies. Filmed in the very buildings where th...

  • The Story of Film: An Odyssey, Part 2

    Directed by Mark Cousins • Documentary • With Terence Davies, Bernardo Bertolucci, Jane Campion, Baz Luhrmann, Lars von Trier, Gus Van Sant • 2012 • 61 minutes

    This is the fascinating story of the movies in the roaring '20s. We see how Hollywood became a glittering entertainment industry and how...

  • The Story of Film: An Odyssey, Part 3

    Directed by Mark Cousins • Documentary • With Terence Davies, Bernardo Bertolucci, Jane Campion, Baz Luhrmann, Lars von Trier, Gus Van Sant • 2012 • 61 minutes

    The 1920s were a golden age for world cinema. In this part, we visit Paris, Berlin, Moscow, Shanghai and Tokyo to discover the places wh...

  • The Story of Film: An Odyssey, Part 4

    Directed by Mark Cousins • Documentary • With Terence Davies, Bernardo Bertolucci, Jane Campion, Baz Luhrmann, Lars von Trier, Gus Van Sant • 2012 • 61 minutes

    In part 4, we see how the coming of sound in the 1930s upended everything. We watch the birth of new types of film: screwball comedies, ...

  • The Story of Film: An Odyssey, Part 5

    Directed by Mark Cousins • Documentary • With Terence Davies, Bernardo Bertolucci, Jane Campion, Baz Luhrmann, Lars von Trier, Gus Van Sant • 2012 • 61 minutes

    This part of The Story of Film shows how the trauma of war made cinema more daring. The story starts in Italy, and then we go to Hollywo...

  • The Story of Film: An Odyssey, Part 6

    Directed by Mark Cousins • Documentary • With Terence Davies, Bernardo Bertolucci, Jane Campion, Baz Luhrmann, Lars von Trier, Gus Van Sant • 2012 • 61 minutes

    This part explores the story of sex and melodrama in the movies of the 50s. We discover James Dean, On the Waterfront and the glossy wee...

  • The Story of Film: An Odyssey, Part 7

    Directed by Mark Cousins • Documentary • With Terence Davies, Bernardo Bertolucci, Jane Campion, Baz Luhrmann, Lars von Trier, Gus Van Sant • 2012 • 61 minutes

    This is the explosive story of film in the late 50s and 60s. The great movie star Claudia Cardinale talks exclusively about Federico Fel...

  • The Story of Film: An Odyssey, Part 8

    Directed by Mark Cousins • Documentary • With Terence Davies, Bernardo Bertolucci, Jane Campion, Baz Luhrmann, Lars von Trier, Gus Van Sant • 2012 • 61 minutes

    This is the story of the dazzling 1960s in cinema around the world. In Hollywood, legendary cinematographer Haskell Wexler reveals how d...

  • The Story of Film: An Odyssey, Part 9

    Directed by Mark Cousins • Documentary • With Terence Davies, Bernardo Bertolucci, Jane Campion, Baz Luhrmann, Lars von Trier, Gus Van Sant • 2012 • 61 minutes

    This is the remarkable story of the maturing of American cinema of the late 60s and 70s. Buck Henry, who wrote The Graduate, talks exclu...

  • The Story of Film: An Odyssey, Part 10

    Directed by Mark Cousins • Documentary • With Terence Davies, Bernardo Bertolucci, Jane Campion, Baz Luhrmann, Lars von Trier, Gus Van Sant • 2012 • 61 minutes

    This is the story of the movies that tried to change the world in the 70s. We start in Germany with Wim Wenders, head to Britain in the ...

  • The Story of Film: An Odyssey, Part 11

    Directed by Mark Cousins • Documentary • With Terence Davies, Bernardo Bertolucci, Jane Campion, Baz Luhrmann, Lars von Trier, Gus Van Sant • 2012 • 61 minutes

    Star Wars, Jaws and The Exorcist created the multiplexes, but they were also innovative. The Story of Film: Part 11 explains how, and th...

  • The Story of Film: An Odyssey, Part 12

    Directed by Mark Cousins • Documentary • With Terence Davies, Bernardo Bertolucci, Jane Campion, Baz Luhrmann, Lars von Trier, Gus Van Sant • 2012 • 61 minutes

    With Ronald Reagan in the White House and Margaret Thatcher in Downing Street, the 1980s were the years of protest in the movies. This i...

  • The Story of Film: An Odyssey, Part 13

    Directed by Mark Cousins • Documentary • With Terence Davies, Bernardo Bertolucci, Jane Campion, Baz Luhrmann, Lars von Trier, Gus Van Sant • 2012 • 61 minutes

    Few saw it coming, but cinema around the world in the 90s entered a golden age. The story starts in Iran, where we meet Abbas Kiarostami...

  • The Story of Film: An Odyssey, Part 14

    Directed by Mark Cousins • Documentary • With Terence Davies, Bernardo Bertolucci, Jane Campion, Baz Luhrmann, Lars von Trier, Gus Van Sant • 2012 • 61 minutes

    This is the story of the brilliant, flashy, playful movies in the English-speaking world in the 90s. We look at what was new in Tarantin...

  • The Story of Film: An Odyssey, Part 15

    Directed by Mark Cousins • Documentary • With Terence Davies, Bernardo Bertolucci, Jane Campion, Baz Luhrmann, Lars von Trier, Gus Van Sant • 2012 • 61 minutes

    In the final part of The Story of Film: An Odyssey, movies come full circle. They get more serious after 9/11, and Romanian movies come ...