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Inspired by the immensely influential 1937 sociological study Middletown: A Case Study in Cultural Conflicts by Robert and Helen Lynd, Peter Davis's six documentary films about Muncie, Indiana, set out to examine the lives of Munsonians in the early 1980s. The disputes and conflicts accompanying the filming revealed more about American values and customs than the films themselves. While attempting to transform the data from the Middletown studies into a meaningful and interesting visual form, the filmmakers were constantly distracted by the pressures, decisions and perils of government- and corporate-funded documentary filmmaking. Dwight W. Hoover, a Muncie historian and collaborator in the Middletown film project, describes why the films were made and how they changed the lives of everyone involved.The Making of a Documentary Film Series Dwight W. Hoover ... The result will be a deepening of our knowledge of how visual and pictorial communication functions in our quest to make meaning. Jay Ruby PREFACE I had been thinking aboutanbsp;...

Author:Dwight W. Hoover
Publisher:Taylor & Francis - 1992-01-01


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