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The Story of Film part 5: The Devastation of War and a New Movie Language

Between 1939-1952, cinema got darker - reflecting the tumult and carnage of war – and more daring. Mark Cousins investigates.

Documentary 2011 61 mins

Director: Mark Cousins


War brings trauma and makes cinema more daring. In Italy, Roberto Rossini releases Rome, Open City. In Hollywood, Orson Welles is discovered and American film begins to slowly darken. In Britain, Carol Reeds makes the era's emblematic picture, The Third Man. This episode features Stanley Donen, Paul Schrader and Robert Towne.