The Story of Film: An Odyssey

Date information17 April-01 September
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Location informationArc Cinema
Event costFree

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 


Each episode is paired with a feature film or selection of short films.

The Arrival of Multiplexes and Asian Mainstream - 17 April, 1.00pm / Enter the Dragon - 17 April, 2.30pm


Fight the Power: Protest in Film
New Boundaries: World Cinema in Africa, Asia & Latin America
New American Independents & The Digital Revolution
Cinema Today and the Future


Movies to Change the World / My Brilliant Career (1979)
American Cinema of the 70s / Taxi Driver (1976)
New Directors, New Form / Easy Rider (1969)
European New Wave / Le Bonheur (1965)
Sex and Melodrama / All That Heaven Allows (1955)
Post-War Cinema / Citizen Kane (1941)
The Arrival of Sound / Bringing Up Baby (1938)
The Golden Age of World Cinema / Metropolis (1927)
Birth of Cinema / selection of short films


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