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Overview

A thorough and definitive survey/history of documentary films. Concentrating mainly on the output of the US, the UK, and Canada, the authors outline the origins of the form and then show its development over the next several decades. The book is completely up-to-date in discussing films like Fahrenheit 9/11 and Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer.

Written in a simple, chronological format, the text is straightforward and full of content, information, and historical perspective. Each chapter concludes with a list of the key documentaries in that particular time period or genre, and there are helpful appendices listing all the winners of the Academy Award for Best Documentary, as well as the winners of the Grierson Award.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826417510
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 8/1/2005
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack C. Ellis is Professor Emeritus of Northwestern University, where he taught film from 1956-91. He has also taught, over that period, at the University of Texas, NYU, and UCLA. He was a founding member of the Society for Cinema Studies, and was awarded Honorary Life Membership in 1998. His textbook A History of Film (co-authored with Virginia Wright Wexman) is currently in its fifth edition, published in the US by Allyn &Bacon.

Betsy A. McLane is the Project Director of "The American Documentary Showcase" a presentation of the U.S. Department of State Bureau and Education and Cultural Affairs. Director Emerita of the International Documentary Association. She has taught courses on film and documentary at Loyola Marymount University, the University of Vermont, Emerson College and the University of Southern California. She is a Past President of the University Film and Video Association.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Chapter One: Some Ways to Think About Documentary Chapter Two: Beginnings—The Americans and Popular Anthropology, 1922-29
Chapter Three: The Soviets and Political Indoctrination, 1922-29
Chapter Four: Beginnings—The European Avant-Gardists and Artistic Experimentation, 1922-29
Chapter Five: Institutionalization: Great Britain, 1929-39
Chapter Six: Institutionalization—United States, 1930-41
Chapter Seven: Expansion—Great Britain, 1939-45
Chapter Eight: Expansion—Canada, 1939-45
Chapter Nine: Expansion—United States, 1941-45
Chapter Ten: The Unfulfilled Promise—Postwar Documentary, 1945-52
Chapter Eleven: In Pursuit of Excellence—The National Film Board of Canada’s Unit B, 1948-64
Chapter Twelve: A New Channel—Documentary for Television in the “Golden Years”, 1951-71
Chapter Thirteen: British Free Cinema and Social-Realist Features, 1956-63
Chapter Fourteen: Direct Cinema and Cinéma Vérité, 1960-70
Chapter Fifteen: English Language Documentary in the 1970s—Power of the People Chapter Sixteen: English Language Documentary in the 1980s—Video Arrives Chapter Seventeen: English Language Documentary in the 1990s—Reality Bytes Chapter Eighteen: Other Ways to Think About Documentary

Appendices.

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  • Posted November 28, 2010

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    I am working on a new edition, but it will not be ready until 2012..so buy this one.

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