Documentary Film: A Very Short Introduction

Documentary Film: A Very Short Introduction

Patricia Aufderheide


Documentary movie can surround something from Robert Flaherty's pioneering ethnography Nanook of the North to Michael Moore's anti-Iraq warfare polemic Fahrenheit 9/11, from Dziga Vertov's crafty Soviet propaganda piece Man with a film Camera to Luc Jacquet's heart-tugging natural world epic March of the Penguins. during this concise, crisply written consultant, Patricia Aufderheide takes readers alongside the varied paths of documentary background and charts the full of life, frequently fierce debates between filmmakers and students concerning the top how one can characterize fact and to inform the truths worthy telling.

Beginning with an summary of the principal problems with documentary filmmaking--its definitions and reasons, its varieties and founders--Aufderheide specializes in numerous of its key subgenres, together with public affairs movies, executive propaganda (particularly the works produced in the course of global conflict II), ancient documentaries, and nature movies. Her thematic technique permits readers to go into the subject material throughout the different types of movies that first attracted them to documentaries, and it allows her to make connections among eras, in addition to revealing the continued nature of documentary's center controversies concerning objectivity, advocacy, and bias. Interwoven all through are discussions of the moral and sensible concerns that come up with each element of documentary construction. a very worthwhile characteristic of the booklet is an appended record of "100 nice documentaries" that any one with a significant curiosity within the style should still see.

Drawing at the author's 4 many years of expertise as a movie student and critic, this e-book is the best creation not only for academics and scholars but additionally for all considerate filmgoers and if you happen to aspire to make documentaries themselves.

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