Documenting the Documentary: Close Readings of Documentary Film and Video / Edition 1

Documenting the Documentary: Close Readings of Documentary Film and Video / Edition 1

by Jim Leach
     
 

Documenting the Documentary features essays by 27 film scholars from a wide range of critical and theoretical perspectives. Each essay focuses on one or two important documentaries, engaging in questions surrounding ethics, ideology, politics, power, race, gender, and representation-but always in terms of how they arise out of or are involved in the reading of

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Documenting the Documentary features essays by 27 film scholars from a wide range of critical and theoretical perspectives. Each essay focuses on one or two important documentaries, engaging in questions surrounding ethics, ideology, politics, power, race, gender, and representation-but always in terms of how they arise out of or are involved in the reading of specific documentaries as particular textual constructions.

By closely reading documentaries as rich visual works, this anthology fills a void in the critical writing on documentaries, which tends to privilege production over aesthetic pleasure.

As we increasingly perceive and comprehend the world through visual media, understanding the textual strategies by which individual documentaries are organized has become critically important. Documenting the Documentary offers clear, serious, and insightful analyses of documentary films, and is a welcome balance between theory and criticism, abstract conceptualization and concrete analysis.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814326398
Publisher:
Wayne State University Press
Publication date:
11/28/1998
Series:
Contemporary Approaches to Film and Media Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
488
Sales rank:
1,093,815
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.94(d)

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Table of Contents

Foreword11
Preface15
Acknowledgments17
Introduction19
1The Filmmaker as Hunter: Robert Flaherty's Nanook of the North23
2"Peace between Man and Machine": Dziga Vertov's The Man with a Movie Camera40
3Paradise Regained: Sergei Eisenstein's Que viva Mexico! as Ethnography55
4Synthetic Vision: The Dialectical Imperative of Luis Bunuel's Las Hurdes70
5The Art of National Projection: Basil Wright's Song of Ceylon83
6The Mass Psychology of Fascist Cinema: Leni Riefenstahl's Triumph of the Will99
7American Documentary Finds Its Voice: Persuasion and Expression in The Plow That Broke the Plains and The City119
8"Men Cannot Act before the Camera in the Presence of Death": Joris Ivens's The Spanish Earth136
9The Poetics of Propaganda: Humphrey Jennings and Listen to Britain154
10"It Was an Atrocious Film": Georges Franju's Blood of the Beasts171
11The "Dialogic Imagination" of Jean Rouch: Covert Conversations in Les maitres fous188
12Documenting the Ineffable: Terror and Memory in Alain Resnais's Night and Fog204
13"Don't You Ever Just Watch?": American Cinema Verite and Dont Look Back223
14"Ethnography in the First Person": Frederick Wiseman's Titicut Follies238
15The Two Avant-gardes: Solanas and Getino's The Hour of the Furnaces254
16Seeing with Experimental Eyes: Stan Brakhage's The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes269
17"A Bastard Union of Several Forms": Style and Narrative in An American Family286
18The Documentary of Displaced Persona: Michael Rubbo's Daisy: The Story of a Facelift302
19Gender, Power, and a Cucumber: Satirizing Masculinity in This Is Spinal Tap318
20Documentary Film and the Discourse of Hysterical/Historical Narrative: Ross McElwee's Sherman's March333
21Subjectivity Lost and Found: Bill Viola's I Do Not Know What It Is I Am Like344
22The Filmmaker as Global Circumnavigator: Peter Watkins's The Journey and Media Critique360
23Mirrors without Memories: Truth, History, and The Thin Blue Line379
24Documentaphobia and Mixed Modes: Michael Moore's Roger & Me397
25Silence and Its Opposite: Expressions of Race in Tongues Untied416
26Containing Fire: Performance in Paris Is Burning429
27Contested Territory: Camille Billops and James Hatch's Finding Christa446
General Bibliography463
Sources for Films and Videos469
Film and Video Distributors471
Contributors473
Index477

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