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History Revisited

Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema Mark Cousins

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Nearly a decade after the monumental The Story of Film: An Odyssey, Mark Cousins is back with another look at film history and aesthetics. From the opening frames, the voice of narrator and producer Tilda Swinton outlines the project. It isn’t a list of the best filmmakers, but an effort to relearn cinema (techniques, narrative strategies, socio-political relevance, etc.) through the remarkable work of women directors. Until now, this body of work has received little notice in “official” film courses. More than 700 excerpts from films by 183 filmmakers are the raw material for this magnum opus that forces us to reconsider all of film history.

Part 1
How directors achieve tone, believability, introduce characters, capture conversations, and handle framing and tracking shots.

Part 2
How directors stage scenes, capture journeys, discoveries, depict the adult child, exercise economy, editing, point of view, and close-ups.

Part 3
How directors portray bodies, sexuality, home, religion, work, politics, changing gears, and comedy.

Part 4
How directors handle melodrama, sci-fi, depictions of hell, tension, stasis, what is left out, story reveals, memory, and time.

Part 5
How directors depict interiors, the existential, love, death, endings, and song and dance.

Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema

  • Country : United Kingdom
  • Year : 2019
  • V.O : English
  • Duration : 840 MIN
  • Editing : Timo Langer
  • Production : John Archer
  • Music : Germaine Tailleferre, Suite Burlesque, Clinton-Narboni Duo
  • Sound Design : Diane Jardine
Filmography of Mark Cousins :

The First Movie (2009)
The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011)
A Story of Children and Film (2013)
Life May Be (2014)
I Am Belfast (2015)
The Eyes of Orson Welles (2018)

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