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100 Documentary Films
     

100 Documentary Films

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by Barry Keith Grant
 

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Documentary films constitute a major part of film history. Cinema's origins lie, arguably, more in non-fiction than fiction, and documentary represents the other - often submerged and barely visible - 'half' of cinema history. Historically, documentary cinema has always been an important point of reference for fiction cinema, and the two have often overlapped. Over

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Documentary films constitute a major part of film history. Cinema's origins lie, arguably, more in non-fiction than fiction, and documentary represents the other - often submerged and barely visible - 'half' of cinema history. Historically, documentary cinema has always been an important point of reference for fiction cinema, and the two have often overlapped. Over the last two decades, documentary cinema has enjoyed a revival in critical and commercial success.

100 Documentary Filmsis the first book to offerconciseand authoritative individual critical commentaries on some of the key documentary films - from the Lumière brothers and the beginnings ofcinema through to recent films such as Bowling for Columbine and When the Levees Broke - and is global in perspective.Many different types of documentaryare discussed, as well as films by major documentary directors,including Robert Flaherty, Humphrey Jennings,Jean Rouch, Dziga Vertov, Errol Morris, Nick Broomfieldand Michael Moore.Each entry provides concise critical analysis, while frequent cross reference to other filmsfeatured helps to place films in their historical and aesthetic contexts.

Barry Keith Grant is Professor of Film Studies and Popular Culture at Brock University, Ontario, Canada.Heis the author ofFilm Genre: From Iconography to Ideology (2007), Voyages of Discovery: The Cinema of Frederick Wiseman (1992) andco-author, with Steve Blandford andJim Hillier, ofThe Film Studies Dictionary(2001).

Jim Hillieris VisitingLecturer in Film at the University of Reading. He is the author of The New Hollywood (1993),the co-author ofThe Film Studies Dictionary (2001) and, with Alan Lovell, of Studies in Documentary (1972).His edited books include American Independent Cinema (2001) and two volumesof the English translation of the selected Cahiers du cinema (1985, 1986).

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ISBN-13:
9781844572649
Publisher:
BFI Publishing
Publication date:
05/26/2009
Series:
Screen Guides Series
Edition description:
2009
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
4.80(w) x 6.60(h) x 0.80(d)

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The first book to offer concise and authoritative individual critical commentaries on some of the key documentary films.' - Sight& Sound

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BARRY KEITH GRANTis Professor of Film Studies and Popular Culture at Brock University, Ontario, Canada. He is the author of Film Genre: From Iconography to Ideology (2007), Voyages of Discovery: The Cinema of Frederick Wiseman (1992) and co-author, with Steve Blandford and Jim Hillier, of The Film Studies Dictionary (2001).

JIM HILLIERis Visiting Lecturer in Film at the University of Reading. He is the author of The New Hollywood (1993), the co-author of The Film Studies Dictionary (2001) and, with Alan Lovell, of Studies in Documentary (1972). His edited books include American Independent Cinema (2001) and two volumes of selected criticism from Cahiers du cinema (1985, 1986).

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100 Documentary Films 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
rodash More than 1 year ago
The book is basically capsule summaries of 100 documentaries. The list has several quirky choices, but is mostly widely-recognized films. Unfortunately, its usefulness is limited by the fact that a very substantial number of films are not available on video. After reading the description of an interesting film, it is frustrating to discover that you can't get hold of it.