Documentary Film: The Story of Film: An Odyssey Part V
03/30/2013, 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
$8 / $6 for Brooks members, free with VIP film pass map
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 ever 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.
“New Boundaries: World Cinema in Africa, Asia, Latin America”
Iran’s Abbas Kiarostami rethinks movie-making and makes it more real. In Tokyo, Shinji Tsukamoto lays the ground for a bold new Japanese horror cinema. Also included is an interview in Paris with one of the world’s greatest directors, Claire Denis, and a journey to Mexico.
“New American Independents & the Digital Revolution” (1990s)
Highlights include an examination of what was new in Quentin Tarantino’s dialogue and the edginess of the Coen Brothers. The writer of Starship Troopers and Robocop discusses irony in those films; and in Australia, Baz Luhrmann talks about Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge. Then a plunge into the digital world changes movies forever.
“Cinema Today and the Future” (2000s)
Things get more serious after 9/11, and Romanian cinema comes to the fore. David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive becomes one of the most complex dream films ever made, and Inception turns cinema into a game. In Moscow, an interview with master director Alexander Sokurov delves into his innovative works. The Story of Film moves forward to envision movies in the future.
Director: Mark Cousins
U.K. | 2012 | 180 minutes
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