Seasons and episodes
1Season 1 Sep. 03, 2011
- 1 - 1Birth of the Cinema Sep. 03, 2011
- 1 - 2The Hollywood Dream Sep. 10, 2011
- 1 - 3The Golden Age of World Cinema Sep. 17, 2011
- 1 - 4The Arrival of Sound Sep. 24, 2011
- 1 - 5Post-War Cinema Oct. 01, 2011
- 1 - 6Sex & Melodrama Oct. 08, 2011
- 1 - 7European New Wave Oct. 15, 2011
- 1 - 8New Directors, New Form Oct. 22, 2011
- 1 - 9American Cinema of the 70's Oct. 29, 2011
- 1 - 10Movies to Change the World Nov. 05, 2011
- 1 - 11The Arrival of Multiplexes and Asian Mainstream Nov. 12, 2011
- 1 - 12Fight the Power: Protest in Film Nov. 19, 2011
- 1 - 13
- 1 - 14New American Independents & The Digital Revolution Dec. 03, 2011
- 1 - 15Cinema Today and the Future Dec. 10, 2011
The Story of Film: An Odyssey is a documentary series about the history of film, presented on television in 15 one-hour chapters with a total length of over 900 minutes. It was directed and narrated by Mark Cousins, a film critic from Northern Ireland, based on his 2004 book The Story of Film.
The series was broadcast in September 2011 on More4, the digital television service of UK broadcaster Channel 4. The Story of Film was also featured in its entirety at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, and it was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in February 2012. It was broadcast in the United States on Turner Classic Movies beginning in September 2013.
The Telegraph headlined the series’ initial broadcast in September 2011 as the “cinematic event of the year”, describing it as “visually ensnaring and intellectually lithe, it’s at once a love letter to cinema, an unmissable masterclass, and a radical rewriting of movie history.” An Irish Times writer called the program a “landmark”.
In February 2012, A. O. Scott of The New York Times contrasted the project with its “important precursor”, Jean-Luc Godard’s Histoire du cinéma. In contrast to the Godard project, which Scott called “personal, polemical and sometimes cryptic”, Scott described Cousins’ film as “a semester-long film studies survey course compressed into 15 brisk, sometimes contentious hours” that “stands as an invigorated compendium of conventional wisdom.” He also commended its “refusal to be nostalgic”.
Original title The Story of Film: An Odyssey
TMDb Rating 8.4 14 votes
Average Duration 60 minutes