Documentary: A History of the Non-Fiction Film

Documentary: A History of the Non-Fiction Film

by Erik Barnouw


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Now brought completely up to date, the new edition of this classic work on documentary films and filmmaking surveys the history of the genre from 1895 to the present day. With the myriad social upheavals over the past decade, documentaries have enjoyed an international renaissance; here Barnouw considers the medium in the light of an entirely new political and social climate. He examines as well the latest filmmaking technology, and the effects that video cassettes and cable television are having on the production of documentaries. And like the previous editions, Documentary is filled with photographs, many of them rare, collected during the author's travels around the world. Covering the full course of the documentary from Louis Lumiere's first effort to recent landmark productions such as Shoah, this book makes the growing importance of a unique blend of art and reality accessible and understandable to all film lovers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195078985
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 01/07/1993
Series: Non-Fiction Film Series
Edition description: REV
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 1,167,156
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 5.31(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Erik Barnouw, now retired, was Chief of the Library of Congress's Motion Picture, Broadcasting, and Recorded Sound Division, and long headed Columbia University's film division. His books include the prize-winning three-volume History of Broadcasting in the United States, Tube of Plenty, The Sponsor, and The Magician and the Cinema.

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