A Story Of Children And Film Review

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Cineaste and filmmaker Mark Cousins continues his journey through film history with an incisive look at the cinema of childhood.


A side sequel to Mark Cousins' essential The Story Of Film project, this sharp personal essay about cinema’s depictions of childhood is equally engaging. Rather than a chronological slog, Cousins organises his thoughts and glorious clips in themes (wariness, class, rebellion, dreaming), finding fresh angles on films you know (E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Kes) and lots of films you perhaps won’t. Specially shot segments depicting his niece and nephew may not quite come off, but as you’d expect from Cousins, the focus is wide (53 films, 25 nations) and his enthusiasm ridiculously infectious.

Another thoughtful and lovingly crafted jalopy ride through cinema by Cousins. A must for anyone who loves film.