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The Story of Film examines world cinema in the period of 1969-1979. It looks at the work of filmmakers in Germany (Wim Wenders, R. W. Fassbinder, Margarethe von Trotta, and Werner Herzog), ... See full summary »


Mark Cousins


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Episode credited cast:
Mark Cousins ... Himself - Presenter
Wim Wenders ... Himself - Interviewee
Rainer Werner Fassbinder ... Himself (archive footage)
Bernardo Bertolucci ... Himself - Interviewee
Sam Neill ... Himself - Interviewee
Kazuo Hara Kazuo Hara ... Himself - Interviewee
Gaston Kaboré ... Himself - Interviewee
Djibril Diop Mambéty Djibril Diop Mambéty ... Himself (archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Juan Diego Botto ... Narrator (voice)


The Story of Film examines world cinema in the period of 1969-1979. It looks at the work of filmmakers in Germany (Wim Wenders, R. W. Fassbinder, Margarethe von Trotta, and Werner Herzog), Italy (Pier Paolo Pasolini and Bernardo Bertolucci), Britain (Ken Russell, Donald Cammell, and Nicolas Roeg), Australia (Peter Weir and Gillian Armstrong), and Japan (Noriaki Tsuchimoto and Kazuo Hara). It also looks at the development of Third Cinema which criticizes the commoditization of film and sees film as a way to fight social injustice. It looks at filmmakers from Algeria (Assia Djebar), Senegal (Ousmane Sembene, Djibril Diop Mambety, and Safi Faye), and Ethiopia (Haile Gerima). It also looks at Kurdish filmmaker Yilmaz Guney and Chilean directors Patricio Guzman and A lejandro Jodorowsky. Written by Shatterdaymorn

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5 November 2011 (UK) See more »

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Mark Cousins - Presenter: [about the new generation of German directors] One thing's clear. The films all asked the question, I don't want to be what my parents are, then what am I?
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Radical Directors of the 1970s
11 July 2013 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Wim Wenders and Rainer Fassbinder wanted to bring German cinema back, and had big personalities. Fassbinder was even to film himself starkly naked, and to push "Guess Who Is Coming to Dinner" to new levels. (In real life, he was an abuser of women and was not afraid to express this in public.) Fassbinder took "All That Heaven Allows" and made "Fear Eats the Soul" as well as taking "All About Eve" and making "Bitter Tears". Wenders matched that with "Alice in the Cities" and we also got Werner Herzog, the most important landscape director since John Ford.

In Italy, Pier Paolo Pasolini fought Italian commercialism and brought out sexuality with "Arabian Nights". Bernardo Bertolucci, a student of Pasolini, was (according to Cousins) the greatest director of his time. "The Conformist" was a masterpiece, and influenced Coppola and Scorsese.

Ken Russell was Britain's answer to Fellini with "Women in Love", and Nicolas Roeg lead Australian film with "Walkabout", although Peter Weir may be more well-known to the mainstream today.

And then, the greatest film of the 1970s: "Holy Mountain". This segment of the documentary really touches on everything good about the 1970s, and therefore is one of the better segments.

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