A New History of Documentary Film

Though much beauty exists in documentary films , it tends to be more functional , sparse , and austere than the beauties offered by fictional films . Also , documentary filmmaking offers more that would be described as professional ...

Author: Jack C. Ellis

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0826417515

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 385

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This history of documentary film concentrates mainly on the output of the film industries in the US, the UK and Canada. The authors outline the origins of the form and trace its development over the next several decades. Each chapter concludes with a list of the key documentaries in that time period or genre.
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Japanese Documentary Film

After the war , the strong documentary quality of the wartime narrative cinema was forgotten in the enthusiasm for Italian neorealism and its supposed impact on the Japanese fiction film . Postwar critics celebrating this new brand of ...

Author: Markus Nornes

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 0816640467

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 258

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Among Asian countries--where until recently documentary filmmaking was largely the domain of central governments--Japan was exceptional for the vigor of its nonfiction film industry. And yet, for all its aesthetic, historical, and political interest, the Japanese documentary remains little known and largely unstudied outside of Japan. This is the first English-language study of the subject, an enlightening close look at the first fifty years of documentary film theory and practice in Japan. Beginning with films made by foreigners in the nineteenth century and concluding with the first two films made after Japan's surrender in 1945, Abe Mark Nornes moves from a "prehistory of the documentary, " through innovations of the proletarian film movement, to the hardening of style and conventions that started with the Manchurian Incident films and continued through the Pacific War. Nornes draws on a wide variety of archival sources--including Japanese studio records, secret police reports, government memos, letters, military tribunal testimonies, and more--to chart shifts in documentary style against developments in the history of modern Japan.
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The Documentary Film Book

Post-war, sound synch became an established 16mm film technology by the 1960s. With camera and microphone present more often at real-world events, documentary film made perhaps its most plausible claim yet to represent the real.

Author: Brian Winston

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781838718756

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 416

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Powerfully posing questions of ethics, ideology, authorship and form, documentary film has never been more popular than it is today. Edited by one of the leading British authorities in the field, The Documentary Film Book is an essential guide to current thinking on documentary film. In a series of fascinating essays, key international experts discuss the theory of documentary, outline current understandings of its history (from pre-Flaherty to the post-Griersonian world of digital 'i-Docs'), survey documentary production (from Africa to Europe, and from the Americas to Asia), consider documentaries by marginalised minority communities, and assess its contribution to other disciplines and arts. Brought together here in one volume, these scholars offer compelling evidence as to why, over the last few decades, documentary has come to the centre of screen studies.
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Documentary Film Movement

So as the herring were shovelled in , and the ice laid on , and the hammer raised to complete the job , I slid back for a flash or two ... If I raise this matter of images it is rather to give you some idea of how the movie mind works .

Author: Ian Aitken

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748672974

Category: Documentary films

Page: 224

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The documentary film movement of the 1930s and 1940s is deemed to lie at the heart of the modern British film culture. This is the first anthology to focus on the period.
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A Journey Through Documentary Film

the making of a documentary'. Films such asNick Broomfield's The Leader,His Driver andthe Driver's Wife (1991, see page106) epitomise this modeof documentary filmmaking. Inthe documentary, the challenges and setbacks Broomfield ...

Author: Luke Dormehl

Publisher: Oldcastle Books

ISBN: 9781842435922

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 192

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Documentary is one of the most fascinating areas of filmmaking. Documentaries have broken down societal taboos, changed legislation, strengthened and rocked entire governments, freed wrongly-convicted prisoners, and taught us more about the world in which we live. A Journey Through Documentary offers an overview of documentary history and looks in-depth at over 60 documentaries from around the world. It takes readers from the early 'actualities' of pioneering non-fiction filmmakers such as Robert J. Flaherty and John Grierson, to the documentaries of Michael Moore, Errol Morris, Werner Herzog, and the directors dominating the field (and box office) today. Each analysis includes an introductory synopsis, as well as detailed notes on the film's production history, filmmaker, unique innovations, construction, and key themes and issues. An essential resource for film students, documentary buffs, filmmakers and anyone interested in non-fiction film.
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Documentary Film Festivals Vol 1

well as the dependent relationships that journalists and critics establish with film festivals (which control the access to different films, professionals and information through the accreditation system, and in many instances provide ...

Author: Aida Vallejo

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030173203

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 296

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This book provides the first comprehensive overview of the global landscape of documentary film festivals. Contributors from across the globe offer in-depth analysis of both internationally renowned and more alternative festivals, including Hot Docs (Canada), Nyon (Switcherland), Yamagata (Japan), DocChina, Full Frame (US), Belgrade (former Yugoslavia), Vikalp (India), and DocsBarcelona (Catalonia, Spain), among others. With a special focus on historical and political developments, this first volume draws a map of documentary festivals operating today, and then looks at their origins and evolution. This volume is organized in three sections: the first addresses methodological problems film historians and social scientists face when researching documentary film festivals, the second looks at the historical development of this circuit within the wider frame of history of world and national cinemas, and the third reflects on how politics find their way through festival programs and actions. Curatorial, organizational, industrial and political changes occurred in the festival realm addressed in this book help better understand how these affected documentary production, distribution, curation, exhibition and reception up to this day.
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Documentary Film Festivals Vol 2

Samara Chadwick is a documentary filmmaker, programmer, and scholar who spent over 15 years working in the field of non-fiction in Germany, Denmark, Vanuatu, Brazil, Italy, the US and Canada. She has a PhD in Cultural Studies and has ...

Author: Aida Vallejo

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9783030173241

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 235

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This book provides the first comprehensive overview of the global landscape of documentary film festivals, looking at its contemporary and future challenges. Contributors from across the globe reflect on how documentary has positioned itself within both internationally renowned and more alternative festivals, including IDFA (Netherlands), Cannes IFF (France), Sheffield Doc/Fest (UK), Dockanema (Mozambique), Ismailia (Egypt) and Zinebi (Basque Country, Spain), among others. With a special focus on industrial and curatorial developments, this second in a two-volume set looks at recent changes occurred in the festival circuit, such as the proliferation of markets and co-production forums, the inclusion of interactive and VR forms within their programs and the irruption of VOD platforms, and analyse how these affect the future of documentary aesthetics and its production/distribution contexts. This volume is organized in two sections: the first reflects on how the documentary festival circuit has become a key industry node for contemporary documentary and identifies new curatorial trends at documentary and major film festivals. The second gives voice to professionals working for festivals and institutions who collaborate with them, who share inside knowledge and concerns, regarding the future challenges to be faced by documentary in the near future.
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Documentary Film A Very Short Introduction

Documentary film begins in the last years of the nineteenth century with the first films ever projected, and it has many faces. It can be a trip to exotic lands and lifestyles, as was Nanook of the North (1922). It can be a visual poem, ...

Author: Patricia Aufderheide

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199720398

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 144

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Documentary film can encompass anything from Robert Flaherty's pioneering ethnography Nanook of the North to Michael Moore's anti-Iraq War polemic Fahrenheit 9/11, from Dziga Vertov's artful Soviet propaganda piece Man with a Movie Camera to Luc Jacquet's heart-tugging wildlife epic March of the Penguins. In this concise, crisply written guide, Patricia Aufderheide takes readers along the diverse paths of documentary history and charts the lively, often fierce debates among filmmakers and scholars about the best ways to represent reality and to tell the truths worth telling. Beginning with an overview of the central issues of documentary filmmaking--its definitions and purposes, its forms and founders--Aufderheide focuses on several of its key subgenres, including public affairs films, government propaganda (particularly the works produced during World War II), historical documentaries, and nature films. Her thematic approach allows readers to enter the subject matter through the kinds of films that first attracted them to documentaries, and it permits her to make connections between eras, as well as revealing the ongoing nature of documentary's core controversies involving objectivity, advocacy, and bias. Interwoven throughout are discussions of the ethical and practical considerations that arise with every aspect of documentary production. A particularly useful feature of the book is an appended list of "100 great documentaries" that anyone with a serious interest in the genre should see. Drawing on the author's four decades of experience as a film scholar and critic, this book is the perfect introduction not just for teachers and students but also for all thoughtful filmgoers and for those who aspire to make documentaries themselves. About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very Short Introductions offer an introduction to some of life's most interesting topics. Written by experts for the newcomer, they demonstrate the finest contemporary thinking about the central problems and issues in hundreds of key topics, from philosophy to Freud, quantum theory to Islam.
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A New History of Documentary Film

When the National Film Board was established, it became the main, almost the sole producer of Canadian wartime films. Its staff – consisting of a few documentary veterans from abroad and hundreds of Canadian tyros – made mainly ...

Author: Betsy A. McLane

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781441189981

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 456

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A New History of Documentary Film, Second Edition offers a much-needed resource, considering the very rapid changes taking place within documentary media. Building upon the best-selling 2005 edition, Betsy McLane keeps the same chronological examination, factual reliability, ease of use and accessible prose style as before, while also weaving three new threads - Experimental Documentary, Visual Anthropology and Environmental/Nature Films - into the discussion. She provides emphasis on archival and preservation history, present practices, and future needs for documentaries. Along with preservation information, specific problems of copyright and fair use, as they relate to documentary, are considered. Finally, A History of Documentary Film retains and updates the recommended readings and important films and the end of each chapter from the first edition, including the bibliography and appendices. Impossible to talk learnedly about documentary film without an audio-visual component, a companion website will increase its depth of information and overall usefulness to students, teachers and film enthusiasts.
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A Century of Brazilian Documentary Film

Looking back in time, Luciana Martins's Photography and Documentary Film in the Making of Modern Brazil (2014) focuses on the role of image-making in the country's first four decades of the twentieth century, and Maite Conde's ...

Author: Darlene J. Sadlier

Publisher: University of Texas Press

ISBN: 9781477325254

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 328

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Since the late nineteenth century, Brazilians have turned to documentaries to explain their country to themselves and to the world. In a magisterial history covering one hundred years of cinema, Darlene J. Sadlier identifies Brazilians’ unique contributions to a diverse genre while exploring how that genre has, in turn, contributed to the making and remaking of Brazil. A Century of Brazilian Documentary Film is a comprehensive tour of feature and short films that have charted the social and political story of modern Brazil. The Amazon appears repeatedly and vividly. Sometimes—as in a prize-winning 1922 feature—the rainforest is a galvanizing site of national pride; at other times, the Amazon has been a focus for land-reform and Indigenous-rights activists. Other key documentary themes include Brazil’s swings from democracy to dictatorship, tensions between cosmopolitanism and rurality, and shifting attitudes toward race and gender. Sadlier also provides critical perspectives on aesthetics and media technology, exploring how documentaries inspired dramatic depictions of poverty and migration in the country’s Northeast and examining Brazilians’ participation in streaming platforms that have suddenly democratized filmmaking.
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