A Story of Children and Film

A Story of Children and Film
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A Story of Children and Film
United Kingdom, 2013, 101 Minute Running Time
Topics: Art/Architecture/Film, Documentary, Family Friendly
Program: True Stories
Language: English English Sub-Titles

Children and childhood are among the most resonant subjects in all cinema, inspiration for filmmakers in every culture. Cinephiles will think of Truffaut’s "400 Blows", Loach’s Kes, Chaplin’s "The Kid", Bergman’s "Fanny and Alexander" and Spielberg’s "ET", all represented here, in this poetic, passionate celebration of movies at their most wondrous and empathetic.

Critic-turned-filmmaker Mark Cousins showed the range and breadth of his love for cinema in the 14-hour documentary The Story of Film, a centerpiece at PSIFF12, so it’s not surprising he casts his net further, to bring in the great Iranian films from the 1990s, Japanese films from the ‘30s; a Finnish silent, a treasure from Senegal, even two films from Albania…

The clips are tantalizing and infectious, not for the movies’ obscurity but because anyone who has ever seen a child, or been one, will immediately recognize the currents of feeling coursing through these images. Unabashedly a “first-person” filmmaker, Cousins organizes his reflections around humble home movie footage of his nephew and niece, structuring his film on behavioral affinities and correspondences: on timidity and boisterousness, curiosity, fear and sadness, adventurousness, those attributes all kids share. In that sense he may have fashioned the most purely political film of the year.

DIRECTOR: Mark Cousins
Producer: Mary Bell, Adam Dawtrey
Editor: Timo Langer
Screenwriter: Mark Cousins
Cinematographer: Marc Bénoliel
Filmography: Here Be Dragons (2013)
What is This Film Called Love? (2012)
The Story of Film (2011)
The First Movie (2009)
Print Source: Hanway

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