Direct cinema: observational documentary and the politics of the sixties

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Wallflower Press, 2007 - Performing Arts - 236 pages
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Direct Cinemais the first comprehensive study of the "direct cinema" movement of 1960s America. Through the inquisitiveness of filmmakers such as Robert Drew, D.A. Pennebaker, and Frederick Wiseman-and predicated on innovations such as portable cameras and synchronized sound-direct cinema intimately documented presidential campaigns through the revelers of Woodstock and the dispossessed subjects of Wiseman's "reality fictions". This volume recovers these vastly influential yet politically underappreciated films, suggesting they represented a resurgence of America's home-grown philosophical tradition inextricably bound up in the artistic and political impulses of the 1960s.

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Contents

The Beginnings of Direct Cinema
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Direct Cinemas Search for a Subject
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PART TWO I COUNTERCULTURAL COMMENTARIES
57
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Saunders is an internationally renowned author and photograher.

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