A New History of Documentary Film by Jack C. Ellis, Betsy A. McLane

By Jack C. Ellis, Betsy A. McLane

An intensive and definitive survey/history of documentary motion pictures. Concentrating typically at the output of the united states, the united kingdom, and Canada, the authors define the origins of the shape after which exhibit its improvement over the following numerous a long time. The publication is totally up to date in discussing motion pictures like Fahrenheit Sept. 11 and Aileen: existence and demise of a Serial Killer.<br/><br/>Written in an easy, chronological layout, the textual content is easy and entire of content material, details, and old standpoint. each one bankruptcy concludes with an inventory of the main documentaries in that individual period of time or style, and there are beneficial appendices directory the entire winners of the Academy Award for top Documentary, in addition to the winners of the Grierson Award.<br/> >

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Although not a manufacturer, he built this camera to suit his own needs, and it remained in production from 1917 until 1940. The shutter mechanism was another innovation. The pancake design allowed room for the shutter to travel all the way around its circumference; as a result, the shutter angle was 230 degrees. On right: Robert Flaherty continued technological innovations throughout his career. In his last major film, Louisiana Story, he worked with Ricky Leacock to create striking images of oil drilling in the bayou.

Flaherty was intuitive and pragmatic, building his films out of long immersion in the culture of its subjects, and it is obvious from the films that he deeply respected them. He also was a true film artist and he made profound contributions to film aesthetic technique and to the uses to which films could be put. He experimented with film stocks and various lenses, spending days seeking the image he wanted. And Flaherty’s body of work is the basis from which conversation about ‘truth’ ‘reality’ and ‘illusion’ in documentaries began.

Boston: G. K. Hall, 1978. Rotha, Paul, Robert J. Flaherty: A Biography, ed. Jay Ruby. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1983. 3 The Soviets and Political Indoctrination, 1922–1929 P aralleling the nonfiction films of Flaherty and others in the West in the 1920s were those of Russian Soviet filmmakers. After the Revolution in 1917 one of the first acts of the new Communist government was to set up a film subsection within the new Department of Education. An indication of the department’s importance was the fact that it was headed by Nadezhda Krupskaya, wife of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, principal architect of the Revolution.

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