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Film and Reform: John Grierson and the Documentary Film Movement
     

Film and Reform: John Grierson and the Documentary Film Movement

by Ian Aitken
 

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Best known for his documentaries such as Drifters, North Sea, and Housing Problems, John Grierson was the most important figure in the British documentary film movement and one of the most influential of British film theorists.

This major assessment of Grierson and the documentary film movement examines the intellectual and aesthetic

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Best known for his documentaries such as Drifters, North Sea, and Housing Problems, John Grierson was the most important figure in the British documentary film movement and one of the most influential of British film theorists.

This major assessment of Grierson and the documentary film movement examines the intellectual and aesthetic influences on his work, focusing on the material he produced in the inter-war years and comparing the idealistic strain of Grierson’s social commentary with other social reformists such as the Next Five Years Group and writers like Orwell and Priestley. Underlining the link between film and reform, the book clarifies the meaning and significance of Grierson’s ideas and the historical role of the documentary film movement. Originally published in 1990.

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Focuses on filmmaker Grierson's work for two British government agencies between the wars. Places his innovative fusion of film and social commentary in the context of his personal political idealism, aesthetic influences such as American scientific naturalism and the writings of George Orwell and J.B. Priestley, and other forms of contemporary social protest. Also reviews his impact on the genre. Acidic paper. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"Film and Reform amounts to…an extraordinarily expansive intellectual biography…a valuable guidebook…Any subsequent writing….will have to incorporate these findings." – Jack Ellis

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781317929178
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/13/2013
Series:
Routledge Library Editions: Cinema
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
264
File size:
3 MB

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