The Historic KiMo Theatre starts off annum 2013 by professing its continued commitment to motion picture entertainment. Throughout the month of January, every Thursday night, the venerable Downtown venue will be screening its way through the unprecedented 15-part documentary series “The Story of Film: An Odyssey.”
Film historian Mark Cousins shot this in-depth cinematic master class on nearly every continent—from Thomas Edison’s New Jersey laboratory to Alfred Hitchcock’s London studio, from the neo-realism of post-war Rome to the wild-and-wooly cinema of modern-day Mumbai. Interviews with legendary filmmakers such as Stanley Donen, Gus Van Sant, Lars Von Trier, Wim Wenders, Abbas Kiarostami, Claire Denis, Bernardo Bertolucci, Robert Towne and Jane Campion take viewers from the earliest days of cinema to today’s blockbusters.
On Jan. 3, starting at 7 p.m., KiMo will show the first three one-hour-long segments of “The Story of Film.” These segments cover the Birth of Cinema (1900-1920), the Hollywood Dream (’20s) and the Golden Age of World Cinema (’20s). Tickets are $5 for each segment or $12 for the entire night. The series picks up again on Jan. 10 with three more segments (’30s through ’50s). January 17 gets us up through the ’70s. January 24 takes us to the ‘80s. January 31 closes out the series with parts 13, 14 and 15, which cover today’s cinema and the future of moviemaking. I wasn’t kidding when I said this was a master class.
If you’re a film fanatic, you owe it to your education to check out part, if not all, of this invaluable series. Tickets are on sale now at the KiMo box office and at kimotickets.com