The Story of Film: An... Episodes

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The Story of Film: An Odyssey Season 1 episodes

Film Moves Full Circle and the Future of Movies (2000s) Season 1, Episode 15

The series finale offers a study of post-2000 cinema and features a look at Romanian and Russian films and the work of American directors David Lynch and Christopher Nolan. read more

The First Days of Digital: Reality Losing Its Realness in America and Australia (1990s) Season 1, Episode 14

A study of the emergence of digital technology, and a look at the influential films of Quentin Tarantino, Baz Luhrmann and the Coen brothers. read more

The Last Days of Celluloid, Before the Coming of Digital (1990 - 1998) Season 1, Episode 13

A study of cinema in Iran, Japan and Mexico, and an interview with filmmaker Claire Denis. read more

Moviemaking and Protests Around the World (1980s) Season 1, Episode 12

A study of protest films of the 1980s and the rise of independent cinema in the United States, and an interview with filmmaker John Sayles. read more

Innovation in Popular Culture and Around the World (1970s) Season 1, Episode 11

A look at 1970s blockbusters "Star Wars," "Jaws" and "The Exorcist," popular Bollywood releases and Bruce Lee martial-arts epics. read more

Radical Directors in the '70s Make State of the Nation Movies (1969 -1979) Season 1, Episode 10

A study of radical cinema fomenting in England, Germany, Italy, Japan, Australia, Africa and South America, and interviews with filmmakers Wim Wenders and Ken Loach. read more

New American Cinema (1967-1979) Season 1, Episode 9

A study of American cinema in the late 1960s and '70s features interviews with filmmakers Buck Henry, Paul Schrader, Robert Towne and Charles Burnett. read more

New Waves Sweep Around the World (1965-1969) Season 1, Episode 8

A look at cinema in the 1960s focuses on the work of Roman Polanski, Andrei Tarkovsky and Nagisa Oshima, and includes comments by cinematographer Haskell Wexler and Indian director Mani Kaul. read more

Shock of the New, Modern Filmmaking in Western Europe (1957-1964) Season 1, Episode 7

A look at the years 1957-64 features interviews with Claudia Cardinale talking about Federico Fellini, Lars von Trier remembering Ingmar Bergman and Bernardo Bertolucci discussing Pier Paolo Pasolini. read more

The Swollen Story: World Cinema Bursting at the Seams (1953-1957) Season 1, Episode 6

A study of the romantic melodramas of the 1950s, Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray, Japanese actress Kyoko Kagawa and African director Youssef Chahine. read more

The Devastation of War and a New Movie Language (1939-1952) Season 1, Episode 5

A look at films and filmmakers during World War II and in the years following it, a profile of Orson Welles and an examination of movies impacted by the McCarthy era. Also: comments by moviemakers Robert Towne, Paul Schrader and Stanley Donen. read more

The Great American Movie Genres and the Brilliance of European Film (1930s) Season 1, Episode 4

A study of the first sound films and the rise of the screwball comedy, gangster picture and musical, and profiles of Alfred Hitchcock and influential French directors. read more

The Great Rebel Filmmakers Around the World (1928-1932) Season 1, Episode 3

A study of filmmakers from France, Germany, Russia, China and Japan and the genres in which the made their marks, and a profile of Chinese actress Ruan Lingyu (1910-35), a popular silent-film star whose life ended tragically. read more

The Triumph of American Film and the First of Its Rebels (1918-1928) Season 1, Episode 2

Featuring profiles of influential filmmakers and stars, including Charles Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Robert Flaherty, Erich von Stroheim and Carl Theodor Dreyer. read more

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Premiered: September 03, 2011, on Ch4
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Premise: A study of the history of cinema from a worldwide perspective includes an examination of film techniques, technological advances and the art of on-screen storytelling.

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