Posted in: by Sean Axmaker, Contributors, Documentary, Film Festivals

Channeling Movies: The ultimate movie history class runs Monday nights on Turner Classic Movies

In The Story Of Film: An Odyssey, filmmaker and film historian Mark Cousins takes an unconventional, expansive, and almost exhaustive approach to the history of cinema, from the first moving images to modern movies. His 15-hour documentary series is an ambitious attempt to encapsulate cinema, from birth to the present, as practiced all over the world, and emphasizes innovation, expression, and the cross-cultural fertilization of ideas spanning the entire globe. But Cousins is not just an educator, he’s a missionary sharing the beauty and magic of cinema: “A lie to tell the truth.”

The series is on DVD and available to stream on Netflix, and starting on Monday, September 2, Turner Classic Movies will be rolling out the documentary with a new episode every Monday through December 9. Accompanying the series is a festival of films that Cousins features in the respective chapters, playing every Monday and Tuesday night for the first nine weeks of the series (and then Mondays only for the final six weeks).

The series opens with a selection of landmark works of early cinema by the Edison studios, the Lumière Bros., George Melies, and Alice Guy-Blaché, followed by early feature films from D.W. Griffith (including Birth of a Nation) and others.

According the TCM, 119 films will be screened in conjunction with The Story of Film, 30 of them making their respective TCM debuts, from Luis Buñuel & Salvador Dalí’s Un Chien Andalou (1928) and Kenji Mizoguchi’s Japanese classic Osaka Elegy (1936) (both Tuesday, September 17) to Jane Campion’s The Piano (1993) and Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Climates (2006) from Turkey (in December).

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Posted in: by Sean Axmaker, Contributors, Seattle Screens

Seattle Screens: The Devil and The Story of Film, Probably

The Devil, Probably

The Devil, Probably, the penultimate film by Robert Bresson (and of his most rarely screened), is at Northwest Film Forum for a full week in a new 35mm print. The final film in their “Celluloid Dream” series is in fact the rarest and the most difficult of the offerings. The then-seventy-year-old director cast his lens on modern French youth, capturing their cynicism with a hard compassion. There’s nothing on Seattle screens like it this week.

The Story of Film: An Odyssey, the entire 15-hour epic documentary by Mark Cousins, plays over the weekend spread across three days at SIFF Film Center: five programs of three chapters each beginning Friday, August 17 at 7pm and ending Sunday night. If that’s too daunting a commitment, it will be back in the form of weekly screenings, with three chapters (three hours) a night over the course of five Thursday evenings, beginning September 13. You can by tickets individually or passes. Complete schedule and ticket information here.

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