The Story of Film: An Odyssey – Episodes 11&12

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storyoffilm54444The history begins getting more mainstream as we near the final stretch. Episode 11: The Asian Movement 
This episode spends a fair amount of time on the films coming out of Hong Kong and India in the 1970s.  The episode looks at the Shaw Bros films, as well the rise of Bruce Lee.  There is also a bit of a jump forward in time to the films of John Woo and Yuen Woo-ping and how they helped to inspire the action of The Matrix.  As for Indian cinema, there was a particular focus on the actor Amitabh Bachchan and the film Sholay.  The action returns to Hollywood late in the episode for the rise of blockbuster, evidenced by the releases of The Exorcist, Jaws, and Star Wars. Episode 12: Protest in Film
This episode, which focuses on films from the 1980s, strays away from the more mainstream releases and focuses on films from the likes of David Lynch and John Sales.  There is also the discussion of the rise of “MTV editing” spawned from music videos, which includes films such as Flashdance and Top Gun.  Also, Canada finally gets featured within The Story of Film, with the films of and Denys Arcand. There is only one three episode screening of The Story of Film remaining.  After I watch that, I will gather my thoughts on all 15 hours and give my final wrap-up.


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Sean Patrick Kelly
Sean Patrick Kelly
Sean Patrick Kelly is a freelance film critic and blogger based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.