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The Story of Film: An Odyssey, Mark Cousins. (via tapiocanaif)
I highly suggest anyone who is interested in film and film history to watch this (available on netflix instant in the US), especially for people of color who are into film because Cousins does a pretty great job actually at putting a lot of white westerner filmmakers down to their size and enhancing the importance of non-westerner filmmakers from around the world and POC filmmmakers like Charles Burnett and the LA Rebellion scene.
Just a sample of what he covers, he talks in-depth about Forough Farrokhzad and how Iran is the only country to have a woman be the founder of the country’s cinema, Teinosuke Kinugasa and his landmark silent film A Page of Madness, classic Chinese cinema and Ruan Lingyu, classic 1950s Bollywood that reminds the artistic achievements of Guru Dutt as well as the beginning prominence of parallel cinema by Satyajit Ray and then later goes on to specifically emphasize Ritwik Ghatak (who should have near the praise that Ray does but doesn’t), Ousmane Sembene and later the brilliant output of African cinema especially in the 1970s with the likes of Mambety and Haile Gerima’s films, Cinema Novo including Glauber Rocha, and even dedicates an entire episode to non-western cinema in the ’90s. Cousins also goes into Charles Burnett and the LA Rebellion Scene and helps in giving their fair due, something that shouldn’t have happened considering the absolutely brilliant films they made.
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