Nonfiction Film / Edition 1

Nonfiction Film / Edition 1

by Richard Barsam
     
 

"Richard Barsam has given us as comprehensive a study of the origins and development of the nonfiction mode in motion pictures as we are ever likely to have in one volume. He draws on all the major written sources and many which are little known, and he shares with us many eloquent descriptions of the films themselves, giving us a valuable textbook." —Richard

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"Richard Barsam has given us as comprehensive a study of the origins and development of the nonfiction mode in motion pictures as we are ever likely to have in one volume. He draws on all the major written sources and many which are little known, and he shares with us many eloquent descriptions of the films themselves, giving us a valuable textbook." —Richard Dyer MacCann

"... superb work... " —Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television

Indiana University Press

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253207067
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
11/01/1992
Edition description:
Revised, Expanded Edition
Pages:
504
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.96(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. 1(1820-1933) Foundations of the Nonfiction Film
1Reality Perceived and Recorded3
From Memory to Movement3
Persistence of Vision: Theories and Technologies7
Still Photography
Series Photography
Cinematography
The Realist Impulse in Nineteenth-Century Art13
2The First Films17
The First Films17
Louis and Auguste Lumiere19
The Lumieres' Contribution to Technology
The Lumiere Films
The Lumieres and Thomas A. Edison
The Lumieres' Overall Contribution to the Nonfiction Film
The Factual Film After the Lumieres28
The Nonfiction Film and War: 1898-191830
Before World War I
World War I: 1914-18
British and Allied Films
German War Films
U.S. Government Films about World War I
American Commercial Films about World War I
3Exploration, Romanticism, and the Western Avant-Garde42
Factual Films of Travel and Exploration42
Film and the American West
Films about Native Americans
The American Romantic Tradition46
Robert Flaherty
Merian C. Cooper and Ernest Schoedsack
The Soviet Naturalist Tradition55
Alexander Dovzhenko
The Western Avant-Garde57
Alberto Cavalcanti
Walther Ruttmann
Joris Ivens
4The Beginnings of the Documentary Film65
Beginnings of the Soviet Propagandist Tradition65
Dziga Vertov
Esther Shub and the Compilation Film
John Grierson and the Early British Documentary Film77
Empire Marketing Board Film Unit
Pt. 2(1933-1939) Documentary Films to Change the World
5The British Documentary Movement: 1933-194589
General Post Office Film Unit Under John Grierson: 1933-3789
Robert Flaherty and John Grierson: Industrial Britain (1933)
Basil Wright: The Song of Ceylon (1934)
Basil Wright and Harry Watt: Night Mail (1936)
Grierson's Influence
GPO Film Unit After John Grierson: 1937-40100
The Independent Documentary Film: Production Outside the GPO Film Unit104
Overall Achievements of British Documentary Film Movement in the 1930s110
6European and Asian Nonfiction Film: 1930-1939112
Beginnings of the Film on Art113
The Netherlands115
Joris Ivens
John Ferno
Belgium118
Charles Dekeukeleire
Andre Cauvin
Henri Storck
Sweden121
Denmark122
Spain122
Germany122
Organization of the Nazi Propaganda Film Effort
Nazi Ideology
Prewar Nazi Propaganda Films
Leni Riefenstahl
Triumph of the Will (1935)
Olympia (1938)
Japan133
India134
China135
7American Nonfiction Film: 1930-1939137
Beginnings of the American Film on Art137
Robert Flaherty: The Romantic Tradition Continues139
Man of Aran (1934)
Joris Ivens: The European Political Documentary Comes to America142
American Film on the Left: 1930-42146
The Workers' Film and Photo League of America (1930-35)
Nykino (1935-37)
Frontier Film Group (1936-42)
Native Land (1942)
Pare Lorentz151
The Plow That Broke the Plains (1936)
The River (1937)
The United States Film Service
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