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The Story of Film part 11: Innovation in Popular Culture Around the World
The blockbuster arrives, driving a new revolution with Jaws and Jedis. Meanwhile, Bollywoood and Hong Kong are adapting too.
Documentary 2011 61 mins
Director: Mark Cousins
Star Wars, Jaws and The Exorcist created the multiplexes, but as Mark Cousins shows, they were also innovative. Amitabh Bachchan, the world's most popular film star, shares how Bollywood was doing new things in the '70s. And we discover that Bruce Lee movies in Hong Kong kickstarted the kinetic films of Hong Kong, where Master Yuen Wo Ping talks about his choreography for The Matrix.
A Deal With The Universe
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Matt and Luke Goss take on the big screen – and each other – in this candid documentary charting the reunion of 80s pop sensations Bros; an affectionate portrait that generates more than a touch of Spinal Tap-esque hilarity.
Minding the Gap
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Three young men bond together to escape volatile families in their Rust Belt hometown. As they face adult responsibilities, unexpected revelations threaten their decade-long friendship.
Mifune : The Last Samurai
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Joshua Tree, 1951 A Portrait of James Dean
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Kent Jones’ excellent documentary about a historic encounter between two cinema greats.
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A Bit of Scarlet
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Mapping how British film and TV depicts the gay and lesbian lifestyle, Andrea Weiss raids the archives for her funny and persuasive documentary.
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Directed by Mark Cousins
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Neneh Cherry, director Mark Cousins and cinematographer Christopher Doyle's exquisite love song to the Swedish city.
What Is This Film Called Love?
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Mark Cousins' personal and poetic exploration of the cinema of childhood, as told through 53 great films from 25 countries.
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Documentary 2011 61 mins Director: Mark Cousins
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Sorry to Bother You
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Heat and Dust
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When a young British actress from a touring troupe falls in love with an Indian playboy, the star-crossed lovers must overcome cultural differences and the scheming of a fierce rival.