Robert Drew and the Development Cinema Verite in America

Robert Drew and the Development Cinema Verite in America

P.J. O'Connell

P. J. O’Connell lines Robert Drew’s impression on cinema verite via broad interviews with Drew and with a number of the founding fathers of yankee cinema verite filmmaking—Donn Alan Pennebaker, Gregory Shuker, and Richard Leacock.

In a forty-minute journal exhibit, his first try out at revolutionizing tv journalism, Drew learned that his heavy gear and the workforce had to hold it intruded an excessive amount of into the real-life events he was once attempting to trap. He persuaded Time-Life Broadcasting to sponsor the improvement of recent, light-weight, transportable synchronous sound gear that freed documentary filmmakers from the cumbersome, tripod-mounted, AC-powered apparatus of the past.

Drew shaped a like-minded employees and, utilizing the recent know-how to head past the interview-and-narration kind of tv journalism, filmed Primary, which documented the 1960 Wisconsin Democratic basic election. by way of shooting severe moments as they occurred, this movie fulfilled Drew’s dream of constructing an viewers suppose individually fascinated with the occasions he presented.

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