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Documentary Display: Re-Viewing Nonfiction Film and Video

Documentary Display: Re-Viewing Nonfiction Film and Video

by Keith Beattie

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Not all documentary films and videos are sober depictions of the real world. Documentary representations can present expressive, entertaining and spectacular images. This book examines such innovative approaches as they occur within the process of "documentary display"—a practice which emphasizes the visual attractions of documentary representation. Works of documentary display explore modes of exhibitionistic "showing" in which sensation is frequently the vehicle of cognition and knowledge. Such a display is analyzed within the popular and prominent forms of found-footage film, "rockumentary", the city film, nonfiction surf film and video and certain views of natural science topics. This accessible and informed study, with its focus on entertaining, popular, spectacular and sensational forms of representation, makes an important contribution to theoretical analyses of documentary film and video.

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ISBN-13: 9781905674725
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 12/25/2008
Series: Nonfictions
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Keith Beattie is a member of the Faculty of Arts of Deakin University, Melbourne.

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