Three Documentary Filmmakers: Errol Morris, Ross McElwee, Jean Rouch

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Uses new critical approaches to demonstrate deep affinities in these vastly different filmmakers’ philosophies on film, fantasy, and reality.
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Rothman's contributors ... all bring fruitful perspectives to bear on their subjects. The pieces vary widely in focus and approach, but the collection is solid and provocative.— CHOICE

"The force and virtue of this book can be found in the interstices between and among three vastly different auteurs, styles, subjects, and cinematic dispositions. It will cause readers to think of documentary along new and unforeseen paths of inquiry."— Tom Conley, author of Cartographic Cinema
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781438425023
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 3/5/2009
  • Series: SUNY series, Horizons of Cinema
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 2.60 (d)

Meet the Author

William Rothman is Professor of Motion Pictures and Director of the Graduate Program in Film Studies at the University of Miami. He is the author of several books, including Documentary Film Classics and Hitchcock: The Murderous Gaze, and also the editor of several volumes, including Cavell on Film, also published by SUNY Press, and Jean Rouch: A Celebration of Life and Film.

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Table of Contents

William Rothman

Part 1. Errol Morris: The Fog of Film

1. Errol Morris’s Irony
Gilberto Perez

2. Errol Morris’s Forms of Control
Ira Jaffe

3. The Philosophy of Errol Morris: Ten Lessons
Carl Plantinga

Part 2. Ross McElwee: I Film Therefore I Am

4. Coincidence in Ross McElwee’s Documentaries
Diane Stevenson

5. Reflections on Bright Leaves
Marian Keane

6. Drifting in Time: Ross McElwee’s Time Indefinite
Jim Lane

7. Surprise and Pain, Writing and Film
Charles Warren

8. Sometimes Daddies Don’t Talk about Things like That
William Rothman

Part 3. Jean Rouch: The Filmmaker as Provocateur

9. Jean Rouch and the Power of the Between
Paul Stoller

10. The Pause of the World
Daniel Morgan

11. Jean Rouch’s Les maîtres fous: Documentary of Seduction, Seduction of Documentary
Alan Cholodenko

12. Petit à Petit and The Lion Hunters
Michael Laramee

13. Jean Rouch as Film Artist: Tourou and Bitti,The Old Anaï, Ambara Dama
William Rothman

Works Cited
List of Contributors

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