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The Story of Film part 4: The Great American Movie Genres and the Brilliance

The Talkies begin, bringing new genres and new masters like Hawks and Hitchcock. Written and presented by Mark Cousins.

Documentary 2011 61 mins

Director: Mark Cousins


The arrival of sound upends everything. We witness new types of film: screwball comedies, gangster pictures, horror films, westerns and musicals, and discover a master of most of them: Howard Hawks. In England, Alfred Hitchcock hits his stride while across the Channel, French directors become masters of mood as Hollywood delivers The Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind.