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I guess I'm learning? about? Ulster?,
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This review is from: The Story of Film: An Odyssey (DVD)
My copy of THE STORY OF FILM arrived yesterday and I dove into it immediately.
I have watched the first 3 episodes and so far am really glad I sprang for this set, and I can imagine re-watching it often. Already I am caught up in Cousins' approach, and he continually offers insights I've not encountered elsewhere.
I agree somewhat with the previous reviewer; Cousins perhaps was not the best choice to narrate his own project. To my American ears, his Ulster accent makes each? sentence? sounds as if? it is a question? It is becoming disconcerting. I have been watching Kevin Brownlow's & David Gill's HOLLYWOOD (Thames TV) series, and James Mason's narration is so wonderful in that, but HOLLYWOOD is a less personal approach than THE STORY OF FILM is, I think, intended to be.
The price is reasonable for this immense documentary, considering the number of film clips involved*. (*Christian Marclay's masterpiece THE CLOCK is comprises a virtually uncountable number of film clips, and I don't expect to see a home video release of that art object in MY lifetime.)
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Initial post: Dec 20, 2012 12:19:42 PM PST
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Harry Marks says:
I couldn't agree more. I've watched 5 episodes so far and to be honest, by the end of episode 2 I was ready to throttle Mark Cousins and ban him from EVER? narrating? a project again? Totally maddening. His narration totally ruins what is otherwise a wonderful piece of work - some glaring errors notwithstanding.
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