The Story of Film: An Odyssey

In 2004, Mark Cousins penned The Story of Film, which he calls, "a story of innovation, because innovation fuels cinema." In 2011, he turned his book into a fifteen hour documentary for More4.

Below are the movies Cousins uses to discuss the history and innovation of cinema. It starts on a bridge in Leeds, Britian in 1888 and ends with Hobbits and Wizards in the 21st Century.

Movies Included But Not On Letterboxd:

Episode Eight:
Imamura: The Freethinker (1995) An episode of a French TV episode 'Cinema de notre temps'

Episode Nine:
A Pretty British Affair (1981) An episode of "Arena" a BBC TV Documentary detailing the life and work of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger

Episode Ten:
Sinemaabi: A…

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  • Saving Private Ryan
  • Three Colors: Blue
  • Casablanca
  • Record of a Tenement Gentleman
  • Odd Man Out
  • 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her
  • Taxi Driver
  • The French Connection
  • Traffic Crossing Leeds Bridge
  • The Kiss
  • Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory
  • The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat
  • Serpentine Dance by Annabelle
  • Sandow
  • What Happened on Twenty-Third Street, New York City
  • Cinderella
  • A Trip to the Moon
  • The Kiss in the Tunnel
  • Shoah
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • The Sick Kitten
  • October (Ten Days that Shook the World)
  • Once Upon a Time in the West
  • The Corbett-Fitzsimmons Fight
  • Life of an American Fireman
  • Sherlock, Jr.
  • The Runaway Horse
  • The Assassination of the Duke de Guise
  • Vivre Sa Vie
  • Those Awful Hats
  • The Mended Lute
  • The Abyss
  • Stage Struck
  • The Mysterious X
  • Häxan
  • Ingeborg Holm
  • The Phantom Carriage
  • Shanghai Express
  • The Story of the Kelly Gang
  • The Squaw Man
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • Falling Leaves
  • Suspense.
  • The Wind
  • Rescued from an Eagle's Nest
  • The House with Closed Shutters
  • Way Down East
  • Orphans of the Storm
  • The Birth of a Nation
  • Rebirth of a Nation
  • Cabiria
  • Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages
  • Souls on the Road
  • Citizen Kane
  • The Thief of Bagdad
  • Desire
  • Gone with the Wind
  • Gold Diggers of 1933
  • Singin' in the Rain
  • The Maltese Falcon
  • The Scarlet Empress
  • The Cameraman
  • One Week
  • Three Ages
  • Buster Keaton Rides Again
  • The General
  • Divine Intervention
  • Limelight
  • City Lights
  • The Kid
  • Bad Timing
  • The Great Dictator
  • Monsieur Hulot's Holiday
  • Totó in color
  • Awaara
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • Some Like It Hot
  • Luke's Movie Muddle
  • Haunted Spooks
  • Never Weaken
  • Safety Last!
  • I Flunked, But...
  • Nanook of the North
  • The House Is Black
  • Sans Soleil
  • The Not Dead
  • The Perfect Human
  • The Five Obstructions
  • Blind Husbands
  • The Lost Squadron
  • Greed
  • Stroheim in Vienna
  • Queen Kelly
  • The Crowd
  • The Apartment
  • The Trial
  • Aelita: Queen of Mars
  • After Death
  • The Passion of Joan of Arc
  • Ordet