April 3, 2014 5:39 pm

A Story of Children and Film – film review

Documentarist Mark Cousins’ history of kids in movies is fascinating if sometimes sentimental
'A Story of Children and Film'

'A Story of Children and Film'

In A Story of Children and Film, documentarist and cinephile Mark Cousins tosses at us, like a bouquet, a history of kids in movies. It’s a great subject, with great objects of fascination, study, interpretation. Kids in comedies, in tragedies, in fantasies. ET; Les quatre cent coups; The Night of the Hunter. Lots from Asia. Red balloons (French) and white balloons (Iranian). Is Cousins’ view of screen kids a tiny bit sentimental? Perhaps. I wanted – if only for piquant contrast – a glimpse of sinister kids too. What about The Innocents? Lord of the Flies? And shouldn’t we talk about Kevin . . . ?

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Nigel Andrews


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