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The Story Of Film: An Odyssey (2011)




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Critic Reviews for The Story Of Film: An Odyssey

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

It's wildly ambitious, often extremely good, occasionally maddening, and always stimulating.

Full Review… | May 16, 2012
Boston Globe
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... an unconventional, expansive, and almost exhaustive approach to the history of cinema.

Full Review… | August 13, 2016

Cousins's insanely repetitive delivery of every sentence sadly renders the documentary unwatchable - or at least unlistenable. Cousins has the annoying habit of ending every phrase like a question. Torturous.

Full Review… | March 30, 2014

Like Martin Scorsese's "A Personal Journey Through American Cinema" and "My Voyage to Italy," it's a tour through a museum with a deeply passionate and engaging guide.

Full Review… | August 1, 2012

One of the most staggeringly comprehensive cinematic histories ever told.

Full Review… | April 29, 2012
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Audience Reviews for The Story Of Film: An Odyssey


Mark Cousins knows a lot about Cinema and did an impressive research job here, but unfortunately his voice inflection makes it torturous to listen for 15 hours, while his love for hyperboles weakens the material and his inferences seem usually arbitrary and absurd.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Fascinating and incredibly educational. This made me think about film in ways I never had before. A must-watch for any film buff.

Dana Frakes
Dana Frakes

Enough has been written about this ambitious project. I have two principal criticisms: Mark Cousins' irritating penchant for bringing his liberal politics into his analysis of cinematic works and the anticlimactic ending (last episode detailing cinema of recent years).

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