Documentary Film

Documentary Film

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Documentary Film: Contexts and Criticism is designed to complement Rollyson's Documentary Film: A Primer. The films discussed in this volume include Zelig, the Lumiere brothers documentaries, Nanook of the North, The Man With a Movie Camera, Triumph of the Will, Olympia, The Wonderful Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl, Why We Fight, Fires Were Started, and several Jill Craigie films, including an extended discussion of Two Hours From London, her controversial examination of the Balkan wars and the siege of Dubrovnik.What sets this text apart from other studies of documentary is that it includes a wide array of student comments on the films and reviews very much centered in discussions of the documentary tradition. In this same vein, Rollyson has included his essay, qJill Craigie and the Documentary Traditionq exploring her relationship with John Grierson and other prominent documentary filmmakers.This dialogic text captures some of the actual give-and-take of the classroom and the range of opinion that even the best critics cannot convey. What should emerge from the reading of these comments are the different voices (mindsets) through which the films are viewed.I found very interesting to see a documentary film about a filmmaker and how she imposes herself by trying to constantly direct the film. At some point she describes how to light a woman to make her look younger, and it is exactly how she is litanbsp;...

Title:Documentary Film
Author:Carl Rollyson
Publisher:iUniverse - 2006


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