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The Story Of Film: Episodes 3 & 4 Reviews

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½ November 22, 2013
Probably the most extensive documentary made on the history of film, and deserves respect for that alone.

I particularly liked the objective stuff, the historical development of film, the pivotal moments and movies.

Hated Mark Cousins' narration: first time I attempted to watch the series I gave up after 10 minutes- his intonations were that irritating. Second time round I gritted my teeth and eventually got accustomed to his narration (still didn't like it though).

Also hated the pretentiousness of the subjective stuff. Yes, its art, so critiquing movies is by definition subjective, but Cousins glorifies movies and directors which/who are clearly not worth of that degree of praise. Some of it is pure "Look at how clever I am - I just mentioned a director/movie you've never heard of". Cousins is very up himself.

Overall it was an edifying experience, but could have been a lot better.
½ November 3, 2012
1918-1939. Draws a credible line through Gangsters, Disney, Hitler and Hitch.
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