CANCELLED – The Story of Film: The Hollywood Dream

11 September
Location informationArc Cinema
Event costFree (bookings essential)

Please note: this event has been cancelled while the NFSA is closed to the public, following directives from the ACT Government. 

This is the fascinating story of movies in the roaring 1920s. We see how Hollywood became a glittering entertainment industry in these years, and how star directors like Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton emerged. 

But the gloss and fantasy were challenged by filmmakers like Robert Flaherty, Erich von Stroheim and Carl Theodor Dreyer, who wanted films to be more serious and mature. 

This episode looks at the battle for the soul of cinema, the triumph of American film and those that rebelled against it, starring some of the greatest movies ever made.   

Our screening of this episode was one of the first events we had to cancel going into lockdown in 2020, so we are thrilled to be finally presenting it as the grande finale of our Story of Film season! 

About The Story of Film  

The Story of Film: An Odyssey is a British documentary film series about the history of cinema, presented in 15 x 1-hour chapters. Adapted from his book, Northern Irish critic and filmmaker Mark Cousins narrates with infectious passion, selecting original film clips best seen on the big screen.  

Each month, we screen one episode from the series, accompanied by some of the films he analyses. Whether you think you know it all, or want to learn more, The Story of Film: An Odyssey is a journey for everyone who loves cinema!  

'It's wildly ambitious, often extremely good, occasionally maddening, and always stimulating’ – Boston Globe

‘One of the most staggeringly comprehensive cinematic histories ever told’ – Ultra Culture  



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