7.3/10 (IMDB)

The Story of Film: A New Generation

2h 46m Documentary
The Story of Film: A New Generation
The Story of Film: A New Generation


A decade after "The Story of Film: An Odyssey," an expansive and influential inquiry into the state of moviemaking in the 20th century, filmmaker Mark Cousins returns with an epic and hopeful tale of cinematic innovation from around the globe. In THE STORY OF FILM: A NEW GENERRATION, Cousins turns his sharp, meticulously honed gaze on world cinema from 2010 to 2021, using a surprising range of works — including "Joker," "Frozen" and "Cemetery of Splendour" — as launchpads to explore recurring themes and emerging motifs, from the evolution of film language, to technology’s role in moviemaking today, to shifting identities in 21st-century world cinema. Touching on everything from "Parasite" and "The Farewell" to "Black Panther" and "Lover’s Rock," Cousins seeks out films, filmmakers and communities under-represented in traditional film histories, with a particular emphasis on Asian and Middle Eastern works, as well as boundary-pushing documentaries and films that see gender in new ways. And as the recent pandemic recedes, Cousins ponders what comes next in the streaming age: how have we changed as cinephiles, and how moviegoing will continue to transform in the digital century, to our collective joy and wonder.


Mark Cousins


Mark Cousins


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  • "What sets it soaring is the discerning guide at its helm, one whose curatorial exultation and rigor are also calming, reassuring — a welcome voice in cacophonous times."
    - The Hollywood Reporter
  • "There’s room for infinite points of view behind the camera, as well as among those who do the watching. Offering the tools for unpacking potentially challenging movies, Cousins teaches people how to be better spectators — not by telling them the right way to watch, but by encouraging them to engage more deeply with what they see."
    - Variety
  • "What is invigorating about THE STORY OF FILM is that each new clip, each new comment, is an exercise in back to basics, an exercise in looking, and looking again and looking harder – something that’s even more difficult when it feels like we’re drowning in content."
    - The Guardian


  • Cannes Film Festival
  • Stockholm Int'l Film Festival
  • Palm Springs Int'l Film Festival
  • Chicago Int'l Film Festival
  • Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival
  • BFI London Film Festival
  • Lumière Film Festival