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See this film marathon: The Story of Film: An Odyssey @ the MFA

The Oscar-winning success of The Artist reminded moviegoers that people were making films before, say, Titanic. And so Mark Cousins's marathon series The Story of Film: An Odyssey has come along at an auspicious time. The 15 hour-long episodes begin with the first cinema pioneers - like Georges Méliès, now familiar to fans of Martin Scorsese's Hugo - and progress to the present day and the oneiric complexities of David Lynch and Alexander Sokurov. And then it speculates further, to a future no doubt dominated by endless sequels of Marvel's The Avengers. It screens at the Museum of Fine Arts May 16 through May 27, and should be a piece of cake for those who braved the 24 hours of Christian Marclay's The Clock.

The MFA is at 465 Huntington Ave, Boston | Passes $77; $63 students, seniors | 617.369.3907 and mfa.org/programs/film.

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