Introduction to Documentary / Edition 1

Introduction to Documentary / Edition 1

by Bill Nichols
     
 

ISBN-10: 0253214696

ISBN-13: 9780253214690

Pub. Date: 12/28/2001

Publisher: Indiana University Press

Noted film scholar Bill Nichols provides a one-of-a-kind overview of the most important topics and issues in documentary history and criticism. Designed for students in any field that makes use of visual evidence and persuasive strategies, from the law to anthropology, and from history to journalism, this book spells out the issues and concepts that characterize…  See more details below

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Noted film scholar Bill Nichols provides a one-of-a-kind overview of the most important topics and issues in documentary history and criticism. Designed for students in any field that makes use of visual evidence and persuasive strategies, from the law to anthropology, and from history to journalism, this book spells out the issues and concepts that characterize documentary film and video production and provides the foundational key to furhter explorations in this exceptionally vital area of filmmaking today.

Author Biography: Bill Nichols is an internationally recognized authority on documentary and ethnographic film. He has published on a wide-range of topics from cybernetics and visual culture to New Iranian Cinema. His anthology, Movies and Methods (1976),helped define the new discipline of film studies. A former President of the Society of Cinema Studies, his previous books include Representing Reality and Blurred Boundaries, both on issues in documentary film, and, as editor, Maya Dayan: Radical Transformations, on the postwar American avant-garde's most important figure.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253214690
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2001
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1Why Are Ethical Issues Central to Documentary Filmmaking?1
2How Do Documentaries Differ from Other Types of Film?20
3What Gives Documentary Films a Voice of Their Own?42
4What Are Documentaries About?61
5How Did Documentary Filmmaking Get Started?82
6What Types of Documentary Are There?99
7How Have Documentaries Addressed Social and Political Issues?139
8How Can We Write Effectively about Documentary?168
Notes on Source Material179
Filmography191
List of Distributors201
Index219

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