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Documentary Film: The Story of Film: An Odyssey Part III

03/16/2013, 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

$8/$6 Brooks members, free with VIP Film Pass. map

Andria Lisle andria.lisle@brooksmuseum.org 901.544.6208


This unprecedented cinematic event, which returns to the Brooks after an initial screening as part of the November 2012 Indie Memphis Film Festival, is an epic journey through the history of world cinema and a treat for movie lovers around the globe. Guided by film historian Mark Cousins, this bold love letter to the movies begins with the invention of motion pictures at the end of the 19th century and concludes with the multi-billion dollar globalized digital industry of the 21st. Filmed at key locations in film history on every continent, from Thomas Edison’s New Jersey laboratory, to Hitchcock’s London; from post-war Rome to the thriving industry of modern day Mumbai–this landmark documentary is filled with glorious clips from some of the greatest movies every made and features interviews with legendary filmmakers and actors including Stanley Donen, Kyoko Kagawa, Gus van Sant, Lars Von Trier, Wim Wenders, Abbas Kiarostami, Claire Denis, Bernardo Bertolucci, Robert Towne, Jane Campion and Claudia Cardinale.

“European New Wave”
The great movie star Claudia Cardinale talks about Federico Fellini; Lars von Trier describes his admiration for Ingmar Bergman; and Bernardo Bertolucci remembers his work with Pier Paolo Pasolini. French filmmakers plant a cinematic bomb with the New Wave that sweeps across Europe.

“New Directors, New Forms” (1960s)
In Hollywood, legendary cinematographer Haskell Wexler reveals how documentary films influenced mainstream movies. Easy Rider and 2001: A Space Odyssey signal a new era in America cinema. Also featured are Roman Polanski, Andrei Tarkvosky, Nagisa Oshima, Mani Kaul, and the birth of Black (not colonialist) African cinema.

“American Cinema of the ‘70s”
Buck Henry, writer of The Graduate, reflects on movie satire. Paul Schrader talks about his existential screenplay for Taxi Driver. Robert Towne explores the dark ideas he wrote into Chinatown, and director Charles Burnett discusses Black American cinema.

Director: Mark Cousins
U.K. | 2012 | 180 minutes


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