Show Us Life: Toward a History & Aesthetics of the Committed Documentary

Show Us Life: Toward a History & Aesthetics of the Committed Documentary

by Thomas Waugh
     
 

This anthology of 25 articles is both historical and cross- cultural, covering the pioneering period of the twenties and thirties and the dynamic growth of committed documentary since the sixties; recent feminist initiatives in North America and Britain; committed documentary in the Third World over the last 25 years; the use of film within the American 'New Left;'

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This anthology of 25 articles is both historical and cross- cultural, covering the pioneering period of the twenties and thirties and the dynamic growth of committed documentary since the sixties; recent feminist initiatives in North America and Britain; committed documentary in the Third World over the last 25 years; the use of film within the American 'New Left;' and the particular problematic of radical film distribution. Contributors include such well-known activists and scholars as Joan Braderman, Julianne Burton, Guy Hennebelle, John Hess, Claire Johnstone, E. Ann Kaplan, Chuck Kleinhans, Julia Lesage, Steve Neale, Bill Nichols, Anand Patwardhan, and Paul Willemen. Filmmakers and collectives discussed include Dziga Vertov, Joris Ivens, Jean Renoir, Frontier Films, Newsreel, Chris Marker, Barbara Kopple, JoAnn Elam, Michelle Citron, Shinsuke Ogawa, Fernando Birri, Patricio Guzman, Santiago Alvarez, Fernando Solanas, Jean-Luc Godard, Anand Patwardhan, and the Nicaraguan Studio 'Incine.'

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Editorial Reviews

Independent Review:A Journal Of Political Economy
...An absorbing anthology...surveying some of the most exciting and exploratory films and filmmakers involved in the complex history of radical documentaries....Timely and significant.
Cineaste
At last, an important anthology on the politics and art of making documentary films. In light of the shortage of material published in book form on this crucial subject, Thomas Waugh's edition of twenty-four articles is welcome and needed.
Independent Review: A Journal of Political Economy
...An absorbing anthology...surveying some of the most exciting and exploratory films and filmmakers involved in the complex history of radical documentaries....Timely and significant.
Fuse John Greyson
...Excellent critical introduction....Significant contribution to the ongoing project of a living, critical media culture.
Independent Review: A Journal of Political Economy
...An absorbing anthology...surveying some of the most exciting and exploratory films and filmmakers involved in the complex history of radical documentaries....Timely and significant.
Quarterly Journal Of Speech Carolyn Anderson
In addition to providing a masterful introduction, Waugh begins each chapter with succinct, lucid comments.... A valuable contribution to an understanding of documentary film and the rhetoric of social change.
Sightlines Susan Ryan
...An ambitious undertaking and a valuable resource for anyone interested in the history and theory of the political documentary.
Quarterly Journal Of Speech
In addition to providing a masterful introduction, Waugh begins each chapter with succinct, lucid comments.... A valuable contribution to an understanding of documentary film and the rhetoric of social change.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810817067
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
07/28/1995
Pages:
536
Product dimensions:
5.62(w) x 8.74(h) x 1.24(d)

Meet the Author

Thomas Waugh is Associate Professor of Film Studies at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. His doctoral dissertation at Columbia University was on the work of Joris Ivens, and he has contributed extensively to Jump Cut, Cineaste, Cinema Canada, and The Body Politic. His current book in progress is Hard to Imagine: Gay Male Eroticism in Film and Photography, 1850-1969.

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