The Story of Film: An Odyssey

Date information21 August-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.

Cinema Today and the Future - 21 August, 1.00pm | Russian Ark - 21 August, 2.30pm

The Hollywood Dream - 11 September, 1.00pm | Aelita: Queen of Mars + Live score - 11 September, 2.30pm


New American Independents and the Digital Revolution | The Piano (1993)
New Boundaries - World Cinema in Africa, Asia and Latin America | Ringu + Ringu 2 (1998–99)
Fight the Power: Protest in Film | Raise the Red Lantern (1991)
The Arrival of Multiplexes and Asian Mainstream | Enter the Dragon (1973)
Movies to Change the WorldMy Brilliant Career (1979)
American Cinema of the 70sTaxi Driver (1976)
New Directors, New FormEasy Rider (1969)
European New WaveLe Bonheur (1965)
Sex and MelodramaAll That Heaven Allows (1955)
Post-War CinemaCitizen Kane (1941)
The Arrival of SoundBringing Up Baby (1938)
The Golden Age of World CinemaMetropolis (1927)
Birth of Cinemaselection of short films


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