The Story of Film: An Odyssey by Mark Cousins (US, 2011, 900 min.). Prodigious, poetic, and unlike any other “history” of cinema, Mark Cousins’s The Story of Film: An Odyssey is, as the title promises, a thrilling journey. Cousins’s personal voyage—complete with side-trips and retraced steps—is an illuminating, idiosyncratic tour of the emotional and intellectual pleasures of cinema. Framed in 15 chapters, with a combined running time of 15 hours, the film is a treasure trove of clips from films both famous and underappreciated, interviews with a who’s-who of filmmakers, and passionate, provocative commentary.

The Story of Film: An Odyssey New York Times article and trailer

Save time and money with The Story of Film: An Odyssey pass. MFA members, seniors, and students $63; general admission $77.

Passes are good for one entry per film, are not transferable, and can be used to admit pass-holder only. The pass only guarantees admission to passholders who arrive at least 20 minutes before the showtime. Passes will only be on sale until May 16.

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