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It's always fun to impress friends, colleagues, and potential love interests with one's vast knowledge of pop culture trivia—nothing gets a chick all hot and ready to hook up like a guy who knows that Marilyn Monroe's birth name was Norma Jeane Mortenstern. And with filmmaker Mark Cousins' 15-part, five-disc documentary opus The Story of Film: An Odyssey, cinephiles will be armed with more random information and factual tidbits than can probably fit inside their Fellini-loving minds.

Cousins literally covers everything, starting with "Birth of the Cinema (1900-1920)," staying in the Hollywood area before shifting overseas for "European New Wave (1960s)," "New Boundaries: World Cinema in Africa, Asia, Latin America (1990s)," and concluding with "Cinema Today and the Future (2000s)."