Netflix viewers (click and then click again on the various reviews) seem to have objected to Cousins' Irish accent above all else. Bullshit, I say. Listening to his gorgeous, lilting voice is one of the great pleasures of this documentary. I often have trouble with Irish accents in narrative films. But here, as the words bubble off Cousins' lips (the filmmaker/
narrator is shown at right) so gracefully and understandably (out of the five episodes I've watched so far, I barely missed a single word), his narration, which is occasionally quite poetic, proves a consistent delight. (One Netflix viewer describes Cousin's voice as "monotone"; the viewer clearly has no idea what that word means.)
TrustMovies has probably a greater knowledge of film and its history than your Average Joe. Yet I can't tell you how many new directors and films I've had to add to my list from watching this series. (And I'm only up to episode 6 out of 15.)
American exceptionalism in everything.) So what a pleasure and an education it is to learn more about, say, the early work of Egypt's Youssef Chahine or actress Kyôko Kagawa (above), who has worked for and with some of the greatest Japanese directors.
Electric Shadows. His take on Ozu, whom he calls the greatest filmmaker who ever lived, is quite splendid: "He was interested in centering the human body while de-centering, like the Buddhists, the human ego." (You won't always agree with the filmmaker; whom I suspect has a better liking for Baz Luhrmann, above, than do I.)
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