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Author Aufderheide, Patricia.

Title Documentary film : a very short introduction / Patricia Aufderheide.

Publication Info. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, [2007]


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Description 1 online resource (xi, 158 pages) : illustrations.
Series Very short introductions ; 175
Very short introductions ; 175.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 140-146) and index.
Note Print version record.
Contents List of illustrations -- Introduction -- 1: Defining The Documentary -- Naming -- Form -- Founders -- Cinema verite -- 2: Subgenres -- Public affairs -- Government propaganda -- Advocacy -- Historical -- Ethnographic -- Nature -- 3: Conclusion -- Note on history and scholarship -- One hundred great documentaries -- Further reading and viewing -- Index.
Summary From the Publisher: Documentary film can encompass anything from Robert Flaherty's pioneering ethnography Nanook of the North to Michael Moore's anti-Iraq War polemic Fahrenheit 9/11, from Dziga Vertov's artful Soviet propaganda piece Man with a Movie Camera to Luc Jacquet's heart-tugging wildlife epic March of the Penguins. In this concise, crisply written guide, Patricia Aufderheide takes readers along the diverse paths of documentary history and charts the lively, often fierce debates among filmmakers and scholars about the best ways to represent reality and to tell the truths worth telling. Beginning with an overview of the central issues of documentary filmmaking-its definitions and purposes, its forms and founders-Aufderheide focuses on several of its key subgenres, including public affairs films, government propaganda (particularly the works produced during World War II), historical documentaries, and nature films. Her thematic approach allows readers to enter the subject matter through the kinds of films that first attracted them to documentaries, and it permits her to make connections between eras, as well as revealing the ongoing nature of documentary's core controversies involving objectivity, advocacy, and bias. Interwoven throughout are discussions of the ethical and practical considerations that arise with every aspect of documentary production. A particularly useful feature of the book is an appended list of "100 great documentaries" that anyone with a serious interest in the genre should see. Drawing on the author's four decades of experience as a film scholar and critic, this book is the perfect introduction not just for teachers and students but also for all thoughtful filmgoers and for those who aspire to make documentaries themselves.
Subject Documentary films -- History and criticism.
Documentary films.
Documentary films. (OCoLC)fst00896079
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc. (OCoLC)fst01411635
Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Aufderheide, Patricia. Documentary film. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, ©2007 9780195182705 0195182707 (DLC) 2007018114 (OCoLC)123968741
ISBN 9780199720392 (electronic bk.)
0199720398 (electronic bk.)
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