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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Choice

"This engaging, thoughtful, accessible, and comprehensive work will stimulate many to teach documentary film." —Choice

Jon Else

"Bill Nichols' work is always original, provocative, and deeply rooted in his understanding of what we're trying to do.... Introduction to Documentary is loaded with original clear thinking and precise attention to the actual mechanics of documentary making and documentary functioning in the real world.... Bravo." —Jon Else, University of California at Berkeley and producer and director of The Day After Trinity and Sing Faster

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Bill Nichols' work is always original, provocative, and deeply rooted in his understanding of what we're trying to do.... Introduction to Documentary is loaded with original clear thinking and precise attention to the actual mechanics of documentary making and documentary functioning in the real world.... Bravo.—Jon Else, University of California at Berkeley and producer and director of The Day After Trinity and Sing Faster
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253214690
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Nichols is Professor of Cinema at San Francisco State University and author of Representing Reality: Issues and Concepts in Documentary (IUP, 1992) and Blurred Boundaries: Questions of Meaning in Contemporary Culture (IUP, 1995).

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 Why Are Ethical Issues Central to Documentary Filmmaking? 1
2 How Do Documentaries Differ from Other Types of Film? 20
3 What Gives Documentary Films a Voice of Their Own? 42
4 What Are Documentaries About? 61
5 How Did Documentary Filmmaking Get Started? 82
6 What Types of Documentary Are There? 99
7 How Have Documentaries Addressed Social and Political Issues? 139
8 How Can We Write Effectively about Documentary? 168
Notes on Source Material 179
Filmography 191
List of Distributors 201
Index 219
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