Documentary: A History of the Non-fiction Film

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Oxford University Press, 1993 - Performing Arts - 400 pages
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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.
 

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User Review  - James - Goodreads

A very accessible, readable history of documentaries. Read full review

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User Review  - Inggita - Goodreads

the ultimate documentary film reference guide. a must-read in Deirdre Boyle's documentary history course - completed with viewing the documentaries mentioned in it. But then again you need Deirdre to tell you the complete stories, Nanook and all. Read full review

Contents

Prophet
3
Explorer
33
Reporter
51
Painter
71
Advocate
85
Bugler
139
Prosecutor
172
Poet
185
Promoter
213
Observer
231
Catalyst
253
Guerrilla
262
Acknowledgments
351
Bibliography
361
Index
377
Copyright

Chronicler
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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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