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A Story of Children and Film

A Story of Children and Film
  • 2013
  • UK
  • 106 min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Mark Cousins
  • Written by: Mark Cousins
  • UK release: 4 April 2014

Cousins' new film explores the way children are portrayed on film, as depicted by a selection of 53 films from around the world.

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A Story of Children and Film

What is the close connection between film and childhood?

A rich and delightful examination of the way films have viewed children. Filmmaker Cousins draws on 53 films from around the world and from throughout the history of film to demonstrate the affinity between film and childhood. His reflections are anchored in a real-life situation: his own little niece and nephew at play. As the film demonstrates powerfully, no art form has looked more at kids than film.

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A Story of Children and Film

4 Apr 20143 stars

Mark Cousins’ film essay/poem is an impassioned look at childhood in cinema

A fervent supporter of world cinema, Mark Cousins’ new documentary provides some examples of the way childhood has been captured by filmmakers around the globe in the hundred years since cinema’s birth. Focusing on filmmakers from Francois Truffaut to…

Mark Cousins curates season of rare childhood films, the Cinema of Childhood

27 Mar 2014

The selection is inspired by Cousins' own doc/film essay, A Story of Children and Film

In Mark Cousins’ documentary, A Story of Children and Film, the critic and filmmaker trawls through the canons of film history and pulls out the most memorable, revealing and poignant portrayals of childhood. Steven Spielberg’s ET receives a mention, as…

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