Most famous film critics are compromised by the relationships they have with the film industry. They lose their objectivity. I disagreed with Mr. Cousins almost from the very start of episode 1. It's hard to find critics that I agree with. I watched this to find films I might want to watch. So, no, I'm never going to agree that Tati or Leone are great film directors. Please stop telling me that they are.
The idea to write a story of the film by focussing on the history of technical innovation is very intriguing. Although I missed a more sensible access to visual changes related to the handling of sound (initiated by the separation of soundtrack and language and later by the introduction of stereo, dolby stereo and surround sound) the analyses of film excerpts and the mass of background information are overwhelming.
Fast schon ein Muß für alle Cineasten: immer spannend, immer wieder überraschende Einsichten, immer wieder den Stream anhalten, zurückspielen, wiederholen. Sich Filmszenen in Erinnerung rufen, die eigenen Sehgewohnheiten hinterfragen. Die eigene Filmgeschichte erinnern. Nächte und Tage damit zubringen und Einsichten genießen. Ängstlich auf das Ablaufen des Mubi-Broadcasts schielen. Wieviel Tage habe ich noch?
Final score: 9. Storyline: 10, Originality: 9, Cinematography: 10, Involvement: 8, Sound: 7, Editing: 10, Educational: 10, Title design: 7, Acting: 7, Interesting: 10, Unusual: 9, Exciting: 8, Superior: 9 Especially interesting to see how much influence technology has on film. It is also striking that filmmakers apparently have no problem with copying each other's artistic ideas.
3.6 stars. If you can get past Cousins' whispery epigrammatic claim makin' then the 915 will fly by like a wistful and occasionally befuddling dream! Inevitably everyone is going to note their own irritating omissions - personally I'd love to see 'The Story of Animation: An Odyssey'. Still, everyone is also going to discover some previously unseen gems from this. For me, it was 'The Wind'.
Documentary that try to show a broader audience some overlooked and obscure movies from world cinema overlooked by most critics. Since it is all about personal favorites pretty much anything from fantasy, horror, porn and exploitation is left out even if that also is "the story of film", but I guess Cousins didn't want to have his hands "dirty". It is superb for what it is, but could easily have been much longer.
I agree that it maybe wasn't such a great idea to highlight Baz Luhrmann as much as Mark Cousins does, but this is such a valuable resource for getting a taste of foreign directors and foreign films, as well as essential films situated in different periods. Annoying though his cadence as a narrative might be, I would definitely recommend this to burgeoning film fans looking to open up their perspective about cinema.
Nice idea, but focused on too many uninteresting directors that I lost interest in this one. I also had to laugh when he classed Ozu as probably the greatest director ever, &Hitchcock as the most important visually (the two most overrated filmmakers to exist) . Doesn't even really touch on experimental film, and I would suggest everyone to watch the best TV series on film ever made: Screening Room by Robert Gardener.