What Do Those Old Films Mean? (1985– )

TV Series   | 

Episode Guide
What Do Those Old Films Mean? (1985) Poster

A series of six episodes into the early years of filmmaking in six countries: Great Britain, the U.S., Denmark, France, the USSR and Germany.



  • What Do Those Old Films Mean? (1985)
  • What Do Those Old Films Mean? (1985)
  • What Do Those Old Films Mean? (1985)
  • What Do Those Old Films Mean? (1985)
  • What Do Those Old Films Mean? (1985)
  • What Do Those Old Films Mean? (1985)

See all photos

Get More From IMDb

For an enhanced browsing experience, get the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet.

Get the IMDb app

Cast & Crew

Top Series Cast

Reviews & Commentary

Add a Review

User Reviews

1 May 2004 | Cineanalyst
| Interesting Program Marred by Ugly Score
Via Channel 4 and the French Ministry of Culture, Noël Burch answered the self-imposed question (the title of the television series) in six half-hour parts. Burch concentrated his discussion on the relationship between society and film, which was interesting--a deviation from the usual discussion of artistic merits and innovations. Nevertheless, Annick Nozati mars the program with an ugly original musical score. At times, I would have stopped watching if I wasn't certain Burch had something else to teach me. The score is some newfangled mess of quickened commotion, mechanical sounds and other sound effects that irritated me.

Each part of the series is about a different period of cinema in a different nation during the silent era. Britain, America, Denmark, France, Germany and the Soviet Union are covered. Four reoccurring social issues that Burch concentrated on were: the relationship between films and the classes, alcoholism and temperance, the treatment of women and races and, broadly, the politics and attitudes of the times. Besides some irrelevant material, occasionally poor presentation and an awful score, the series was, overall, informative and interesting.

Critic Reviews

Did You Know?


Plot Summary




Country of Origin

UK, France

Mary Elizabeth Winstead's Intense 'Gemini Man' Scenes

Mary Elizabeth Winstead, star of Gemini Man, recalls the most intense scenes with co-star Will Smith under the guidance of director Ang Lee.

Watch now

Featured on IMDb

Check out the action from New York Comic Con check out what IMDb editors are watching this month, and more.

Around The Web


Powered by ZergNet

More To Explore

Search on Amazon.com