The Story of Film: An Odyssey

Season 1 Episode 6

Sex & Melodrama

Aired Unknown Oct 08, 2011 on Turner Classic Movies
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Cousins examines 50's melodramas beginning with masterpieces of Egyptian, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Brazilian, and Mexican film. Then we look at American directors like Sirk, Ray, and Kazan and some Method Actors like Dean, Brando, and Clift, who revealed suppressed emotions in Eisenhower America. England's Lean is briefly compared to Japan's Kurosawa. And it is argued that the masters of the previous decades: Welles, Ford, Hitchcock, and Hawks each made another masterpiece in this period.


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