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The Story of Film examines world cinema in the period of 1965-1969 when New Wave Cinema swept the world and gave rise to a whole new generation of filmmakers. It first looks at the work of ... See full summary »


Mark Cousins


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Episode credited cast:
Mark Cousins ... Himself - Presenter
Aleksandr Sokurov ... Himself - Interviewee
Nagisa Ôshima ... Himself - Interviewee (archive footage)
Mani Kaul ... Himself - Interviewee
Samira Makhmalbaf ... Herself
Ken Loach ... Himself - Interviewee
Haskell Wexler ... Himself - Interviewee
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Juan Diego Botto ... Narrator (voice)


The Story of Film examines world cinema in the period of 1965-1969 when New Wave Cinema swept the world and gave rise to a whole new generation of filmmakers. It first looks at the work of director Roman Polanski before turning to Czech filmmakers Jiri Trnka, Milos Forman, and Vera Chytilova, It then looks at directors in Hungary (Miklos Jancso), the Soviet Union (Andrei Tarkovsky and Sergei Parajanov), Japan (Nagisa Oshima and Shohei Imamura), India (Ritwik Ghatak), Brazil (Glauber Rocha), Iran (Forugh Farrokhzad), and Senegal (Ousmane Sembene). It also examines director in England including Karel Reisz, Ken Loach, and Richard Lester. Finally it turns to America and a growing movement of innovative film-makers in the late 60s including Robert Drew, John Cassavetes, Alfred Hitchcock, Andy Warhol, Haskell Wexler, Dennis Hopper, and Stanley Kubrick. Written by Shatterdaymorn

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22 October 2011 (UK) See more »

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Hopscotch Films See more »
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Mark Cousins - Presenter: [about opening sequence from 2001: A Space Odyssey] Editing in film usually cuts out time. This famous cut, from pre-human life to the time of space travel, cuts out more time than any other edit in movie history.
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The Sixties, Pretty Much in Europe
21 April 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

More bleak filmmaking in the artsy mode. We are introduced to some great directors of the sixties. Oneis Andrzej Wajda whose "Ashes and Diamonds" is highly provocative. Also from Poland, the genesis of Roman Polanski with his early film, "Knife in the Water." Now comes Milos Forman and Miklos Jancso and, most significantly, Andrei Tarkovsky. Rising high in the Japanese cinema is the great Nagisa Oshima with his quirky film and Shohei Imamura. Another proponent of the weird is Ritwik Ghatak. There are mentions of Andy Warhol, Dennis Hopper, Stanley Kubrick, and Walter Ruttmann. This series puts things out there in such haste that it is hard to make the connections necessary to completely understand the waves going through the film world. I think that the biggest strength of this whole series is to see for the first time or revisit many of these films.

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