The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011 IMDb)

Viewing

Seen in 2015.

Subject

The history of world cinema, roughly in chronological order, with a focus on innovation in live-action fiction, especially drama and art cinema.

Commentary

A pleasant review. The style of the narration is excellent but the content is occasionally too personal, with a few too many superlatives. Much of what I love is absent: Animation, horror, science fiction etc. are all marginal, as if they didn't innovate, or weren't popular. I suppose the choices are sane for concision.

documentary series

Spin-off:

A Story of Children and Film (2013 IMDb)

Viewing

Seen in 2017.

Subject

The historical representation of children in mainstream live-action fiction film around the world.

Commentary

Slightly better than the less focused “odyssey” it follows. Cousins is more effective at feature length, where he's able to filigree off of a simple home movie into a loosely reasoned typology of themes in the representation of children, but he has no particular point worth considering.

documentary movie