We began the week with THE HINDENBURG, now we meet a film featuring a dog called “the Famous Zeppelin.”
One of the perks of being a high-powered media insider is that I occasionally get sneak previews. So I got to see an edit of Mark Cousins’ A STORY OF CHILDREN & FILM, soon to screen at Cannes. It’s quite a different animal from THE STORY OF FILM, since it doesn’t aim to be in any way comprehensive or to chart a history. The grab-bag approach allows Mark to seize on some less familiar choices (though LES QUATRE CENTS COUPS does get another airing) and investigate the nature of cinema using children as a kind of filter. Featured in the film is a clip from EMIL AND THE DETECTIVES so astounding I immediately sought out the film and devoured it. The result is plain to see.