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The Story of Film series coming in September


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TCM has a major weekly series coming this fall. It begins in September and goes until early December.


From TCM:


The Story of Film: An Odyssey is an unprecedented cinematic event, an epic journey through the history of world cinema that is a treat for movie lovers around the globe. Guided by film historian Mark Cousins, on whose book the series is based, this bold 15-part 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.


The series, which tells the history of cinema through a worldwide lens, will be the centerpiece of TCM's most ambitious and far-reaching programming event ever. Over the span of 15 weeks, beginning Monday, Sept. 2, TCM will present The Story of Film: An Odyssey curated with a slate of 119 films and dozens of short subjects representing 29 countries across six continents.


Written, directed and narrated by award-winning critic and filmmaker Mark Cousins, The Story of Film: An Odyssey examines not only the birth and evolution of cinema, but also the innovations in storytelling, style and technology that led to its current form. Cousins, who hails from Northern Ireland, will join TCM host Robert Osborne to introduce each week's episode and discuss some of the highlights and themes.


TCM will launch The Story of Film: An Odyssey on Sept. 2 at 10 p.m. (ET), with additional installments premiering each Monday through Dec. 9. Movies featured in the series will be presented before and after each episode. In addition, for the first nine weeks of the series, TCM will devote its Tuesday night lineup to even more films covered in the series, along with an encore of the prior night's episode.


The Story of Film: An Odyssey heralds a unique approach to the evolution of film art by focusing on the artistic vision and innovations of filmmaking pioneers. Cousins' distinctive approach also yields a personal and idiosyncratic rewriting of film history.


Filmed at key locations in film history on every continent ? from Thomas Edison's New Jersey laboratory to Hitchcock's London and 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. It also 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.


The Story of Film: An Odyssey was written, directed and narrated by Mark Cousins, with Tabitha Jackson serving as executive producer and John Archer as producer. The series was produced by Hopscotch Films.

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Films scheduled for this series include:


Monday, Sept. 2

8 p.m. ? Films from Edison Studios (U.S.A.)

9:30 p.m. ? Films from the Lumi?re Brothers (France)

10 p.m. ? *The Story of Film: An Odyssey* (2011) ? Episode One: "Birth of the Cinema (1900-1920)" ?The Story of Film: An Odyssey opens with the birth of a great new art form, the movies. Filmed in the very buildings where the first movies were made, it shows that ideas and passion have always driven film, more than money and marketing. This opening installment tells the story of the very first movie stars, close-ups and special effects. It also explores how Hollywood became a myth. The story is full of surprises, such as the fact that the greatest and best-paid writers in these early years were women. It's also full of glamour, as epitomized by great movie cathedrals.

11:15 p.m. ? *A Trip to the Moon* (1902) (France)

11:30 p.m. ? Alice Guy-Blach? Shorts (U.S.A.): *Falling Leaves* (1912), *Canned Harmony* (1912), *A House Divided* (1913)

12:30 a.m. ? *The Squaw Man* (1914) (U.S.A.)

2 a.m. ? *The Birth of a Nation* (1915) (U.S.A.)

5:15 a.m. ? *Orphans of the Storm* (1921) (U.S.A.)


Tuesday, Sept. 3

8 p.m. ? *Intolerance* (1916) (U.S.A.)

11:30 p.m. ? *Way Down East* (1920) (U.S.A.)

2 a.m. ? *Haxan* (1922) (Sweden, Denmark)

4 a.m. ? *The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011) ? Episode One: "Birth of the Cinema* (1900-1920)"

5:15 a.m. ? *The Phantom Carriage* (1922) (Sweden)

7:15 a.m. ? *The Wind* (1928) (U.S.A.)


Monday, Sept. 9

8 p.m. ? *One Week* (1920) (U.S.A.)

8:30 p.m. ? *The Three Ages* (1923) (U.S.A.)

10 p.m. ? *The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011) ? Episode Two: "The Hollywood Dream* (1920s)" ? This is the fascinating story of the movies in the roaring '20s, when Hollywood became a glittering entertainment capital and star directors like Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton emerged. But the gloss and fantasy was challenged by movie makers like Robert Flaherty, Eric Von Stroheim and Carl Theodor Dreyer, who wanted films to be more serious and mature. Filmed in Hollywood, Denmark and Moscow, this part looks at the battle over the soul of cinema and some of the greatest movies ever made.

11:15 p.m. ? *The General* (1927) (U.S.A.)

12:45 a.m. ? *The Kid* (1921) (U.S.A.)

1:45 a.m. ? *City Lights* (1931) (U.S.A.)

3:30 a.m. ? *Never Weaken* (1921) (U.S.A.)

4:15 a.m. ? *Safety Last* (1923) (U.S.A.)


Tuesday, Sept. 10

8 p.m. ? *Nanook of the North* (1922) (U.S.A.)

9:15 p.m. ? *The Thief of Bagdad* (1924) (U.S.A.)

11:15 p.m. ? *The Passion of Joan of Arc* (1928) (France)

1:15 a.m. ? *The Crowd* (1928) (U.S.A.)

3:15 a.m. ? *The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011) ? Episode Two: "The Hollywood Dream* (1920s)"

4:30 a.m. ? *Greed* (1924) (original release version) (U.S.A.)

6:45 a.m. ? *Vampyr* (1932) (Germany)


Monday, Sept. 16

8 p.m. ? *Sunrise* (1927) (U.S.A.)

10 p.m. ? *The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011) ? Episode Three: "Expressionism, Impressionism and Surrealism: Golden Age of World Cinema* (1920s)" ? The 1920s were a Golden Age in world cinema. In Paris, Berlin, Moscow, Shanghai and Tokyo, movie makers were pushing the boundaries of the medium. German Expressionism, Soviet montage, French impressionism and surrealism were passionate new film movements, but less well known are the glories of Chinese and Japanese films and the moving story of one of the greatest movie stars of all time, the all-but-forgotten Ruan Lingyu.

11:15 p.m. ? *Battleship Potemkin* (1925) (Soviet Union)

12:45 a.m. ? *The Goddess* (1934) (China)

2:15 a.m. ? *The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari* (1920) (Germany)

3:30 a.m. ? *Metropolis* (1927) (Germany)


Tuesday, Sept. 17

8 p.m. ? *La Roue* (1923) (France)

12:30 a.m. ? *Un Chien Andalou* (1928) (France)

1 a.m. ? *I Was Born, But*? (1932) (Japan)

3 a.m. ? *The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011) ? Episode Three: "Expressionism, Impressionism and Surrealism: Golden Age of World Cinema* (1920s)"

4:15 a.m. ? *Osaka Elegy* (1936) (Japan)


Monday, Sept. 23

8 p.m. ? *Love Me Tonight* (1932) (U.S.A.)

10 p.m. ? *The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011) ? Episode Four: "The Arrival of Sound* (1930s)" ? The coming of sound in the 1930s upended nearly everything that had gone before, giving rise to new genres like the screwball comedy, gangster picture and musicals, and fertile ground for Howard Hawks, who managed to master all of them. The decade climaxed in 1939 with Hollywood delivering some of the greatest films of all time, three of which ? The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind and Ninotchka ? also have something else in common. Meanwhile, far from Hollywood, Alfred Hitchcock hit his stride in England, and French directors became masters of mood.

11:15 p.m. ? *The Public Enemy* (1931) (U.S.A.)

12:45 a.m. ? *Frankenstein* (1931) (U.S.A.)

2 a.m. ? *Gold Diggers of 1933* (1933) (U.S.A.)

3:45 a.m. ? *Twentieth Century* (1934) (U.S.A.)

5:30 a.m. ? *The Adventures of Prince Achmed* (1927) (Germany)


Tuesday, Sept. 24

8 p.m. ? *Zero de Conduite* (1933) (France)

9 p.m. ? *L'Atalante* (1934) (France)

10:45 p.m. ? *Grand Illusion* (1937) (France)

12:45 a.m. ? *Rules of the Game* (1939) (France)

2:45 a.m. ? The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011) ? Episode Four: "The Arrival of Sound (1930s)"

4 a.m. ? *Le Quai de Brumes* (1939) (France)


Monday, Sept. 30

8 p.m. ? *Stagecoach* (1939) (U.S.A.)

10 p.m. ? *The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011) ? Episode Five: "Post-War Cinema* (1940s)" ? This part of The Story of Film shows how the trauma of war made cinema more daring. The story starts in Italy, and then we go to Hollywood, discover Orson Welles and chart the darkening of American film and the drama of the McCarthy era. Screenwriters Paul Schrader and Robert Towne discuss their work during this time. Singin? in the Rain co-director Stanley Donen talks about his career, and we discover that British films like The Third Man best sum up these extraordinary years.

11:15 p.m. ? *Citizen Kane* (1941) (U.S.A.)

1:30 a.m. ? *The Best Years of Our Lives* (1946) (U.S.A.)

4:30 a.m. ? *Rome, Open City* (1946) (Italy)


Tuesday, Oct. 1

8 p.m. ? *Singin' in the Rain* (1952) (U.S.A.)

10 p.m. ? *Double Indemnity* (1944) (U.S.A.)

Midnight ? *The Bicycle Thieves* (1948) (Italy)

1:45 a.m. ? *Gun Crazy* (1950) (U.S.A.)

3:15 a.m. ? *The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011) ? Episode Five: "Post-War Cinema* (1940s)"

4:30 a.m. ? *The Big Sleep* (1946) (U.S.A.)

6:30 a.m. ? *A Matter of Life and Death* (1947) (United Kingdom)


Monday, Oct. 7

8 p.m. ? *Pather Panchali* (1955) (India)

10 p.m. ? *The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011) ? Episode Six: "Sex & Melodrama* (1950s)" ? This is the story of sex and melodrama in the movies of the 1950s. While James Dean, On the Waterfront and the glossy weepies of the time kept American audiences enraptured, Egypt, India, China, Mexico, Britain and Japan were making their own movies full of rage and passion. This episode features interviews with many people who worked with Satyajit Ray; legendary actress Kyoko Kagawa, who starred in films by Akira Kurosawa and Yasujiro Ozu; and the first great African director, Youssef Chahine.

11:15 p.m. ? *Cairo Station* (1958) (Egypt)

12:45 a.m. ? *Throne of Blood* (1957) (Japan)

2:45 a.m. ? *Seven Samurai* (1954) (Japan)


Tuesday, Oct. 8

8 p.m. ? *Rebel Without a Cause* (1955) (U.S.A.)

10 p.m. ? *All that Heaven Allows* (1955) (U.S.A.)

11:45 p.m. ? *Johnny Guitar* (1954) (U.S.A.)

1:45 a.m. ? *The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011) ? Episode Six: "Sex & Melodrama* (1950s)"

3 a.m. ? *Los Olvidados* (1950) (Mexico)

4:30 a.m. ? ?*And God Created Woman* (1956) (France)


Monday, Oct. 14

8 p.m. ? *Nights of Cabiria* (1957) (Italy)

10 p.m. ? *The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011) ? Episode Seven: "European New Wave* (1960s)" ? This is the explosive story of film in the late '50s and '60s. Claudia Cardinale talks about working with Federico Fellini. In Denmark, Lars Von Trier describes his admiration for Ingmar Bergman. And Bernardo Bertolucci remembers his work with Pier Paolo Pasolini. Meanwhile, French filmmakers gave birth to a new wave that began to sweep across Europe.

11:15 p.m. ? *Winter Light* (1962) (Sweden)

12:45 a.m. ? *Pickpocket* (1959) (France)

2:15 a.m. ? *Cleo from 5 to 7* (1962) (France, Italy)

3:45 a.m. ? *The 400 Blows* (1959) (France)

5:30 a.m. ? *Rocco and His Brothers* (1960) (Italy, France)


Tuesday, Oct. 15

8 p.m. ? *A Fistful of Dollars* (1964) (U.S.A.)

9:45 p.m. ? *Accatone* (1968) (Italy)

Midnight ? *Breathless* (1960) (France)

1:45 a.m. ? *I Am Curious (Yellow)* (1967) (Sweden)

4 a.m. ? *The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011) ? Episode Seven: "European New Wave* (1960s)"

5:15 a.m. ? *L'Eclisse* (1962) (Italy, France)


Monday, Oct. 21

8 p.m. ? *Boy* (1969) (Japan)

10 p.m. ? *Knife in the Water* (1962) (Poland)

Midnight ? *The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011) ? "Episode Eight: "New Directors, New Form* (1960s)" ? This is the story of the dazzling world cinema of the 1960s. Easy Rider and 2001: A Space Odyssey began a new era in America cinema. Documentary influenced mainstream movies, as legendary cinematographer Haskell Wexler explains. Cinema's new wave continued to sweep around the world, giving rise to new voices like Roman Polanski, Andrei Tarkovsky and Nagisa Oshima and a new black cinema from Africa. This episode also features an interview with master Indian director Mani Kaul.

1:15 a.m. ? *Daisies* (1966) (Czechoslovakia)

2:45 a.m. ? *Andrei Rublev* (1966) (Soviet Union)

6:15 a.m. ? *Ashes and Diamonds* (1958) (Poland)


Tuesday, Oct. 22

8 p.m. ? *Saturday Night and Sunday Morning* (1961) (United Kingdom)

10 p.m. ? *The Insect Woman* (1963) (Japan)

12:15 a.m. ? *The House is Black* (1963) (Iran)

12:45 a.m. ? *I Am Cuba* (1964) (Cuba, Soviet Union)

3:15 a.m. ? *The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011) ? "Episode Eight: "New Directors, New Form* (1960s)"

4:30 a.m. ? *Black Girl* (1966) (Senegal, France)


Monday, Oct. 28

8 p.m. ? *The Graduate* (1967) (U.S.A.)

10 p.m. ? *The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011) ? Episode Nine: "American Cinema of the '70s*" ? This is the remarkable story of the maturing of American cinema of the late '60s and '70s. Buck Henry, who wrote The Graduate, talks about movie satire of the time. Paul Schrader reveals his thoughts on his existential screenplay for Taxi Driver. Writer Robert Towne explores the dark ideas in Chinatown. And director Charles Burnett talks about the birth of black American cinema.

11:15 p.m. ? *McCabe & Mrs. Miller* (1971) (U.S.A.)

1:30 a.m. ? *The Last Picture Show* (1971) (U.S.A.)

3:45 a.m. ? *Mean Street*s (1973) (U.S.A.)


Tuesday, Oct. 29

8 p.m. ? *Badlands* (1973) (U.S.A.)

9:45 p.m. ? *Cabaret* (1972) (U.S.A.)

Midnight ? *M*A*S*H* (1970) (U.S.A.)

2 a.m. ? *Chinatown* (1974) (U.S.A.)

4:15 a.m. ? *The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011) ? Episode Nine: "American Cinema of the '70s*"

5:30 a.m. ? *Killer of Sheep* (1977) (U.S.A.)


Monday, Nov. 4

8 p.m. ? *My Brilliant Career* (1979) (Australia)

10:15 p.m. ? *Picnic at Hanging Rock* (1975) (Australia)

12:15 a.m. ? *Alice in the Cities* (1974) (Germany)

2:15 a.m. ? *The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011) ? Episode 10: "Movies to Change the World* (1970s)" ? This is the story of the movies that set out to change the world in the 1970s. England, Germany and Italy were at the center of this new style. Meanwhile, Japan was making some of the world's most moving films, Australian was giving birth to its own cinema. Even bigger, bolder questions about film were being asked in Africa and South America. And John Lennon discovered what would become his favorite film, the extraordinary, psychedelic The Holy Mountain. Interviews include German filmmaker Wim Wenders and British filmmaker Ken Loach.

3:30 a.m. ? *Xala* (1975) (Senegal)

5:45 a.m. ? *The Battle of Chile, Part One* (1975) (Venezuela, France, Cuba)

7:30 a.m. ? *The Battle of Chile, Part Two* (1976) (Venezuela, France, Cuba)


Monday, Nov. 11

8 p.m. ? *Jaws* (1975) (U.S.A.)

10:15 p.m. ? *Zanjeer* (1973) (India)

12:45 a.m. ? *Enter the Dragon* (1973) (Hong Kong, U.S.A.)

2:30 a.m. ? *The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011) ? Episode 11: "The Arrival of Multiplexes and Asian Mainstream* (1970s)" ? Star Wars, Jaws and The Exorcist created the multiplexes, but they were also innovative as works of art. In India, Bollywood was doing new things in the '70s, as the world?s most famous movie star, Amitabh Bachchan, explains. And Bruce Lee movies in Hong Kong were kick-starting the kinetic films of Hong Kong, setting the stage for martial arts master Yuen Wo Ping's extraordinary wire fu choreography for The Matrix decades later.

3:45 a.m. ? *The Message* (1976) (Lebanon, Libya, Kuwait, Morocco, United Kingdom)


Monday, Nov. 18

8 p.m. ? *Gregory's Girl* (1981) (United Kingdom)

10 p.m. ? *The Elephant Man* (1980) (U.S.A.)

12:15 a.m. ? *Yeelen* (1987) (Mali, Burkina Faso, France, West Germany, Japan)

2:15 a.m. ? *The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011) ? Episode 12: "Fight the Power: Protest in Film* (1980s)" ? With Ronald Reagan in the White House and Margaret Thatcher in Downing Street, the 1980s were the years of protest in the movies, when brave filmmakers spoke truth to power. It also marked the rise of independent cinema in America, as director John Sayles explains. In Beijing, Chinese cinema blossomed in the years before the Tiananmen crackdown. In the Soviet Union, the past welled up in astonishing films. And in Poland, the master director Krzysztof Kieslowski emerged.

3:30 a.m. ? *Repentance* (1984) (Soviet Union)


Monday, Nov. 25

8 p.m. ? *Days of Being Wild* (1990) (Hong Kong)

10 p.m. ? *Where is the Friend's Home?* (1987) (Iran)

Midnight ? *Beau Travail* (1999) (France)

2 a.m. ? *The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011) ? Episode 13: "New Boundaries: World Cinema in Africa-Asia, Latin America* (1990s)" ? Few saw it coming, but cinema around the world in the 1990s entered a new Golden Age. In Iran, Abbas Kiarostami rethought the art of film and made it more real. Shinya Tsukamoto paved the way for the bold new Japanese horror cinema. Mexico's cinema began to blossom with new films and filmmakers. Interviews include acclaimed director Claire Denis.

3:15 a.m. ? *Funny Games* (1997) (Austria)

5 a.m. ? *Touki Bouki* (1973) (Senegal)


Monday, Dec. 2

8 p.m. ? *The Hudsucker Proxy* (1994) (U.S.A.)

10 p.m. ? *Gladiator* (2000) (U.S.A.)

12:45 a.m. ? *The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011) ? Episode 14: "New American Independents & The Digital Revolution* (1990s)" ? This the story of the brilliant, flashy, playful movies in the English-speaking world in the '90s, when Quentin Tarantino took began taking dialogue to a new level while the Coen Brothers served up off-kilter movies with an edge. Sci-fi epics like Starship Troopers and Robocop were packed with irony. In Australia, Baz Luhrmann was bringing a new showmanship to the movies with his "Velvet Curtain Trilogy," including Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge. But it was emergence of digital technology that changed the movies forever.

2 a.m. ? *The Piano* (1993) (New Zealand, France)

4:15 a.m. ? *Reservoir Dogs* (1992) (U.S.A.)


Monday, Dec. 9

8 p.m. ? *Etre e avoir* (2002) (France)

10 p.m. ? *Russian Ark* (2002) (Russia, Germany, Canada, Finland)

Midnight ? Climates (2006) (Turkey)

2 a.m. ? *The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011) ? Episode 15: "Cinema Today and the Future* (2000s)" ? In the final part of The Story of Film: An Odyssey, movies come full circle. Filmmakers and their movies got more serious in the wake of 9/11. Romanian movies came to the fore. David Lynch created one of the most complex dream films ever made in Mulholland Drive, while Christopher Nolan turned film into a game with Inception. And in Moscow, master director Alexander Sokurov was taking film in new directions. The Story of Film closes with a surprising look at the future of the movies.

3:15 a.m. ? Memories of Murder (2003) (South Korea)


More than 30 films in the collection will be making their first appearance on TCM, and a significant number of those will be appearing for the first time on U.S. television. TCM premieres include Luis Bu?uel & Salvador Dal?'s Un Chien Andalou (1928 - France); Kenji Mizoguchi's Osaka Elegy (1936 - Japan); Satyajit Ray's Pather Panchali(1955 ? India); Youssef Chahine's Cairo Station (1955 - Egypt); Vilgot Sj?man's I Am Curious (Yellow) (1967 ? Sweden); Ousmane Sembene's Black Girl (1966 ? Senegal) and Xala (1975); Robert Altman's M*A*S*H (1970 ? U.S.A.) and McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971 ? U.S.A.);


Wim Wenders' Alice in the Cities (1974 ? Germany); Patricio Guzm?n's two-part epic The Battle of Chile (1975 ? Venezuela, France, Cuba); Tengiz Abuladze's Repentance(1984 ? Soviet Union); Abbas Kiarostami's Where is the Friend's Home? (1987 - Iran); Kar Wai Wong's Days of Being Wild (1990 ? Hong Kong); Jane Campion's The Piano (1993 ? New Zealand, France); Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs (1992 ? U.S.A.); Joon-ho Bong's Memories of Murder (2003 ? South Korea); and Nuri Bilge Ceylan's Climates

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This is incredible! The films are amazing! Glad to see so many of the greats -- Satyajit Ray, Ousmane Sembene -- represented, and a good helping of Dreyer and other pioneers! Not sure about the more or less current stuff. I think Tarantino and the Coen Brothers wildly overrated, but they are part of the story, I guess.

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Finally, film by Satyajit Ray (Pather Panchali--the first of his landmark Apu movies. One of the great statements about the human condition. We look forward to the other two). The one great vacancy in TCM's catalogue of directors. Others I am looking forward to:


And God Created Woman, Brigitte Bardot's breakout movie.

Cléo de 5 á 7, in which we follow Cléo-what else?-from 5 to 7 (pm).

Knife in the Water, Roman Polanski's knife in the mind's eye.

Daisies, Vera Chytilova's attack on conventions and complacency.

The House is Black: any Iranian film is an interesting prospect.


Chinatown, Roman Polanski's knife in the eye of the DWP.

Alice in the Cities, oh boy!, Wim Wender's charming and delightful picaresque tale.

Where is the Friend's House?, one of Kiarostami's finest works. I like it better than A Taste of Cherry.

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thanks Iz.


the movies being shown as part of the series are the real "Essentials."


after my perusal of the movies two "skipped" films came to mind. GWTW because it's the movie that's sold the most tickets ever (according to Box Office MoJo.) and Vertigo because it's been voted the "Best" ever on the Sight and Sound 2012 list. the preview info regarding each episode of The Story of Film doesn't mention Vertigo, and lists GWTW in passing, which seems a curious oversight.



so, it looks like it's an academic/influential/enterainment "story" as opposed to a popular/entertaining/renowned review.

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This is stunning beyond comprehension.


I believe this is the most eclectic and electric list of movies ever compiled.


If one were to remove all of the movies made in U.S.A., Mexico and Italy and were not to consider the movies which I have not seen then I can find no fault with any choice even although a few are not to my taste because they are all great and powerful and important.


I thought to list those which I believe are highlights but it would be nearly exact copy of the entire list.


If I were to pick one only which I believe all should watch it is: *Daisies* (1966).


If I were to pick one which I believe few should watch it is: *Repentance* (1984) because those who see only the superficial will find it incomprehensibly odd and those who understand it will have their brains corkscrewed and pulled out of their eyes and mashed back in through their ears.


I am stunned that TCM is showing many of them because they are so very far from standard television fare. I know that several of them also suffered censorship when they were made.


I do predict one downside: We will have to suffer four months of moaning in the forum re: the number of foreign films.

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> {quote:title=allthumbs wrote:}{quote}

> so, it looks like it's an academic/influential/enterainment "story" as opposed to a popular/entertaining/renowned review.


Edited to add: I hope this post does not seem snobbish. I mean it in the spirit of good fellowship among lovers of movies. I am far from being an expert in movies of any ilk and I have not seen many of the movies in the schedule. I am trusting that those which I have not seen were chosen with the same care and eclectic appeal of those which I do know.


I respectfully do not see it in the same way. Most of these movies are very popular and all are renowned and very entertaining. I believe the selections would be quite different if they had been chosen for their interest to academics.


I believe the difference in our views is that you are speaking of U.S.A. only where most of these movies are known little while I am thinking of how they are viewed in the world at large. All of the ones of which I knew even a few details were nominated or won prestigious awards at International film festivals.


I would urge you to look at the IMDB.com page of some of those movies not made in U.S.A. or Mexico or Italy or France. You will see high user ratings and long lists of positive reviews from those in U.S.A. who have watched the movie.


Edited by: SansFin on Jun 28, 2013 5:51 AM

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My first thought was "these are the real Essentials" too! Wow!


>so, it looks like it's an academic/influential/enterainment "story" as opposed to a popular/entertaining/renowned review.



I just detest those "clipfest" walks down memory lane "docu-crap".


I really like the decade "chapter" descriptions and the films chosen to illustrate it. Thankfully, I've already seen most of the films but am thrilled to see a Wenders film new to me! Thanks SansFin about recommending DAISIES.


I'll recommend HAXAN (1922) if you like gothic film with historical aspects...good story sprinkled with truly bizarre visuals involving nuns, the devil & sex.


>Let it be said again: Anyone who thinks TCM is going downhill needs to go jump off a bridge RIGHT NOW.


Yes, Indeedy.


Thanks Liz for posting all of that!

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> {quote:title=JonasEB wrote:}{quote}Let it be said again: Anyone who thinks TCM is going downhill needs to go jump off a bridge RIGHT NOW.


> TCM is a beautiful, beautiful thing.

Indeed, amen, and pass the popcorn. If the biggest complaint I can think of is that I'm going to have to record too many overnight disks in EP mode, that tells you what an incredible series this shapes up to be.

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> {quote:title=SansFin wrote:}{quote}This is stunning beyond comprehension.


> I believe this is the most eclectic and electric list of movies ever compiled.





*BOOM!* I'm with SansFin!! Wowza!




Lyn, thank you for bringing this all to light for us! You are the Bomb!

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> {quote:title=JonasEB wrote:}{quote}Let it be said again: Anyone who thinks TCM is going downhill needs to go jump off a bridge RIGHT NOW.


> TCM is a beautiful, beautiful thing.

Ditto!!!!!!!!!!! If anyone needs a list of bridges in Colorado/Utah over remote, dry washes where nobody will find your carcass I am YOUR source.

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Thanks so much for this information. :)


This is just great.


This is a group of films that I don't think any other channel in the world would broadcast, and that's one reason I love TCM.


I've even stopped complaining about so many of the "newer" films that are shown occasionally, because TCM keeps adding these older, and foreign, and never-before-seen films to its schedule. This is so exciting !

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>so, it looks like it's an academic/influential/enterainment "story" as opposed to a popular/entertaining/renowned review.


I think the proper word is "intellectual". It won't hurt you to pretend to be an intellectual and world-traveler for a few weeks. Just think of how you can impress your friends at parties by talking about films they've never heard of. :)

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Hey ! I own the book this series is based on ! I received it as a Christmas gift, 2011. It's an amazing book, and I'm actually surprised nobody on these forums (so far as I know) has ever mentioned it before.


When I first started reading it, I meant to initiate a thread here about it.

Yes, the book is called The Story of Film: a Worldwide History, by Mark Cousins, the original publisher being Pavilion Books, later reprinted by"Thunder Mouth Press" (whom I've never actually heard of, but I'm all for them if they print titles like this.)

It's not new, it actually was published back in 2004.

The book is based on a television series which Mark Cousins produced, called "Scene by Scene".



Cousins says that he wrote the series and later the book because:

"...there (was) no accessible, single-volume history of world cinema for intelligent general readers...

Vivien James at Pavilion asked me twice to write such a book..."



And the result is The Story of Film .



I really wish I'd followed my initial impulse when I started reading the book, and created a thread here about it. Actually, I'm surprised no one else ever did either.



(Now I feel the way you do when you keep meaning to read a book and then the movie comes out, and everyone's talking about the movie, but you've read the book.. but they think you're just saying that because of the movie....)

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Glad to see so many here enjoying this sneak peek at the upcoming series!


It's a great way for TCM to start celebrating their 20th anniversary and reminds us that our favorite channel can still bring a smile to our faces!

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> {quote:title=lzcutter wrote:}{quote}I'm giving the thread a bit of a bump to make it easier for calvin to find as it might assist her in compiling the TCM schedules she is so good at unearthing!

Much appreciated, but I've already mined this thread for the Monday and Tuesday night schedules.

There was one difference somewhere for one of the entries versus the published schedules, but it was a minor time difference versus something different in this thread's schedule versus the one on TCM's site.


Again, thanks.

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{font:arial, helvetica, sans-serif}Luis Buñuel & Salvador Dalí's "Un Chien Andalou"... haven't seen it since I was in college... is this the one where they slice the womens eyeball or was that L'age D'or? Can't wait to read the reactions to this one... {font}
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Chien Andalou is the one. Definitely the most uncomfortable moment in film. It is not a woman, but a man about (you think) to get a shave. You can keep your eyes closed to avoid having this most unsettling image in your mind. I have it.


Of course, the meaning of it is, hey, we're going to cut through our culture's conventional ways of seeing, and give you something really new to look at.

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lz, I just got the new Now Playing magazine and it restoked my excitement about this series coming in September, that I had to bump up your thread! And, by the way, thanks for listing the movies that accompany it. I think it will be truly amazing. And it continues all the way through December!!!!



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About the only movie that hasn't been seen on TCM is Battle Of Chile. All the rest are more of the same. Not Battleship Potemkin again? & Los Olvidados... If you are showing on TCM it'd be nice if they could introduce movies that have not been on 10 times. Its a waste of an opportunity (to be creative).

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