This is a must see!
The beloved Turner Classic Movies channel has just bought a bunch of new movies, and begun airing a visionary 15-part documentary series called “The Story of Film: An Odyssey.”
Logo via TCM website
This massive project is the brainchild of film historian Mark Cousins, a friend of John and Maggie’s from Northern Ireland. “The Story of Film” will be aired one hour per week on TMC, starting this month. Mark will introduce you to films you used to know and directors and films that will have you asking your friends, “How did I not know about these films?” Go, MC!
TCM’s website tells us:
TCM is proud to present The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011), a 15-episode documentary directed and narrated by Mark Cousins, adapted from his 2004 book The Story of Film and chronicling more than 100 years of world film history. Beginning this month and continuing through early December, one new episode will be introduced each Monday on TCM, with a lineup of feature films and shorts related to that episode. Tuesday evenings the thematic programming continues, and includes a re-airing of the previous night’s episode. By December, the entire festival will include 119 movies from 29 countries, many of them TCM premieres… September will see the documentary’s first five installments, or “chapters.” (read more here)
Robert Osborne and Mark Cousins introducing a segment of “The Story of Film: An Odyssey.” (David S. Holloway, TCM / September 2, 2013)
And the LA Times reports:
“It’s a very personal vision,” said Charlie Tabesh, senior vice president of programming for TCM. “It is not a TCM documentary. It’s definitely Mark Cousins’ personal vision. When I first saw it, it made me curious and interested in seeing the films. I never went to film school. I felt like I learned a lot.” TCM host Robert Osborne will introduce each episode of the documentary with Cousins. “I liked the fact that that he points out that it wasn’t just Hollywood that invented film,” Osborne said. “The French did. The Italians did. It’s an international film community. Mark Cousins is such an interesting fellow. He’s so knowledgeable about film and so passionate about it all. He’s seen everything.” (read more here)