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What sets this text apart from other studies of documentary is that it includes a wide array of student comments on the films and reviews very much centered in discussions of the documentary tradition. In this same vein, Rollyson has included his essay, "Jill Craigie and the Documentary Tradition" exploring her relationship with John Grierson and other prominent documentary filmmakers.
This dialogic text captures some of the actual give-and-take of the classroom and the range of opinion that even the best critics cannot convey. What should emerge from the reading of these comments are the different voices (mindsets) through which the films are viewed.
Posted December 22, 2004
I wrote this book not only to provide a succinct account of documentary film as a genre but to introduce to film scholars and buffs the work of Jill Craigie, an extraordinary woman whose work has been neglected. Her passion for politics (she was married to British Labour leader Michael Foot) informs all her work, and she was unique in her generation by bringing a feminist and socialist perspective to filmmaking. You won't find her in histories of documentary films, and that is a great shame which I have attempt to rectify.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.