Dir/scr: Mark Cousins. Uk. 2020. 160 minutes

Who have been the innovators and trailblazers of cinema’s earlier decade? Irrepressible cineaste Mark Cousins presents his recommendations in The Story Of Film: A New Era. The sequel to his landmark, fifteen-hour 2011 series traces a spider’s web of connections, comment and examination as Cousins’ musings array all-around the planet from Hollywood highlights to Bollywood dance-offs. The update will make an perfect curtain raiser for Cannes and ought to be welcomed by Cousins followers, festivals and additional schooling establishments even though the many choice clips cry out to be seen on a large cinema screen.


Are we the last technology definitely dedicated to the significant display practical experience and the sharing of feelings with a cinema complete of strangers?


Created during the pandemic and acknowledging the rise of streaming products and services, A New Era has an elegiac quality. Are we the final era certainly committed to the huge monitor encounter and the sharing of emotions with a cinema comprehensive of strangers? Cousins thinks not and stays a legitimate believer in the electric power of cinema.

The writer/director starts his lecture by making use of two scenes to underline the similarities among Joker (2019) and Frozen (2013). He explains that both are about “release”. An auteurist, he is significantly great at getting connections that span the many years. He watches Edgar Wright’s Child Driver (2017) and sees the parallels with Rouben Mamoulian’s Love Me Tonight (1932), he sees Lorene Scafaria’s Hustlers (2019) and thinks of his pricey good friend Jane Russell in The French Line (1953), indicates that George Miller’s Mad Max Fury Road (2015) owes a substantial personal debt to Buster Keaton’s The Common (1926) and that Ali Abassi’s Border (2015) reflects elements of Tod Browning’s Freaks (1932).

You might agree or disagree, you may question what he chooses to include or omit. You may perhaps challenge his recurrent judgement calls – Under The Skin (2012) is “one of the most ingenious films of our time”, Hard To Be A God (2013) is the “most off kilter of our time” etcetera, but Cousins is usually stimulating. This a remarkably personalized essay in the two written content and composition. Cousins instinct is constantly to relieve on down the road (yellow brick?) less travelled. His lugubrious voice-above asserts that essay films  “take strategies for a walk” and that is specifically what he does in this article.

Aspect 1 of A New Technology is entitled ’Extending The Language Of Film’ and commences by wanting for films that pushed boundaries or “showed us points we have hardly ever found before”. Cousins chooses PK (2014) and Booksmart (2019) amongst his noteworthy comedies, Gangs Of Wasseypur (2012) and Fantastic Time (2017) as stand-out motion movies. Musicals guide to thing to consider of human bodies which inspires feelings on horror films and sluggish cinema. He describes shots and cuts, color palletes, moods and feelings but nonetheless finds time for a nod to the Greek Strange Wave and a golden age of documentaries.

Part 2 is entitled ’What Have We Been Digging For?’ and celebrates technological advancements (which includes general performance capture, the electronic de-ageing of The Irishman in 2019) and films that deliver new methods of seeing and films that expose who we are, among the them Parasite (2019), US (2019) and I Really don’t Care If We Go Down In Record As Barbarians (2018).

Interlaced with inserts shot all-around the environment (Minsk, New York etcetera) and pictures of unique dreamers (despatched in response to a Cousins call for materials), A New Era features no earthshattering conclusions. There is no pretense of masking almost everything,  just a likelihood to swim in Cousins erudite passion for film and answer his phone to continue to keep the faith. 

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Producer: John Archer

Cinematography: Mark Cousins 

Modifying: Timo Langer