The Documentary Impulse


Author: Stuart Franklin

Publisher: Phaidon Press

ISBN: 9780714870670

Category: Photography

Page: 216

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Award-winning photographer Stuart Franklin's exploration of how we, as humans, are driven to visually document our experiences and the world around us. Stuart Franklin took one of the most powerful photographs of the twentieth century - the 'tank man' in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, 1989. From his insightful position as a photographer, Franklin explores why we are driven to visually document our experiences and the world around us. He focuses on photography but traces this universal need through art, literature and science. Looking at photojournalism, war photography and work recording our culture, Franklin identifies some of its driving impulses: curiosity, outrage, reform and ritual; the search for evidence, for beauty, for therapy; and the immortalization of memory. As our understanding of 'documentary' continues to expand, Franklin considers photographic staging - where, perhaps, the future of the genre may lie: in search of truth over fact. "This book traces what I shall call the documentary impulse. Here I mean the passion to record, with fidelity, the moments we experience and wish to preserve, the things we witness and might want to reform; or simply the people, places or things we find remarkable... Photography (and journalism) practised respectfully has the power to educate us all towards a greater understanding and empathy towards others." —Stuart Franklin

The Cultural Front

The Laboring of American Culture in the Twentieth Century


Author: Michael Denning

Publisher: Verso

ISBN: 9781859841709

Category: History

Page: 556

View: 4651

"The cultural front," James T. Farrell once wrote, was made up of "commercial writers, high-priced Hollywood scenarists, a motley assortment of mystery-plot mechanics, humorists, newspaper columnists, stripteasers, band leaders, glamour girls, actors, press agents, Broadway producers, aging wives with thwarted literary ambitions, and other such ornaments of American culture." The cultural front, that extraordinary upsurge of cultural activity and theory in America, was born in the Great Depression as communists sought to organize cultural workers against Fascism and crisis-ridden capitalism. Spawned by the Popular Front of the Communist Party, the cultural front grew to encompass virtually every aspect of high and popular art in the US during the 1930s and beyond. Thoroughly infused with a radically popular and oppositional mentality, the cultural front informed one of the most culturally exciting and rich periods in American history -- a veritable "Second American Renaissance," in the words of Michael Denning. In The Cultural Front, Denning lifts the lid on a period which cracks open the great debate in contemporary cultural studies of "high" versus "low" culture -- a period in which artists and intellectuals rubbed shoulders with activists and workers, all striving in various ways to create a genuinely democratic popular culture. From Disney animators to proletarian novelists, and encompassing the likes of Orson Welles, Duke Ellington, John Dos Passos, C.L.R James and Billie Holiday, Denning charts a scene which not only fused art and popular protest but also left a deep imprint on American culture and society today.

Encyclopedia of the Documentary Film 3-Volume Set


Author: Ian Aitken

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135206201

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 1968

View: 1179

The Encyclopedia of the Documentary Film is a fully international reference work on the history of the documentary film from the Lumière brothers' Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory (1885) to Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 911 (2004). This Encyclopedia provides a resource that critically analyzes that history in all its aspects. Not only does this Encyclopedia examine individual films and the careers of individual film makers, it also provides overview articles of national and regional documentary film history. It explains concepts and themes in the study of documentary film, the techniques used in making films, and the institutions that support their production, appreciation, and preservation.

Doing Documentary Work


Author: Robert Coles

Publisher: New York Public Library

ISBN: 9780195124958

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 278

View: 7275

Demonstrates how documentary work is a narrative constructed by the observer and meant not only to represent reality but to interpret it, and provokes consideration of how fine a line exists between fact and perception.

American Documentary Film: Projecting the Nation

Projecting the Nation


Author: Jeffrey Geiger

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748629467

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

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Richard Wall Memorial Award 2012 - Finalist. What key concerns are reflected in documentaries produced in and about the United States? How have documentaries engaged with competing visions of US history, culture, politics, and national identity? This book examines how documentary films have contributed to the American public sphere - creating a kind of public space, serving as sites for community-building, public expression, and social innovation. Geiger focuses on how documentaries have been significant in forming ideas of the nation, both as an imagined space and a real place. Moving from the dawn of cinema to the present day, this is the first full-length study to focus on the extensive range and history of American non-fiction filmmaking. Combining comprehensive overviews with in-depth case studies, Geiger maps American documentary's intricate histories, examining the impact of pre- and early cinema, travelogues, the avant-garde, 1930s social documentary, propaganda, direct cinema, postmodernism, and 'new' documentary. Offering detailed close analyses and fresh insights, this book provides students and scholars with a stimulating guide to American documentary, reminding us of its important place in cinema history.

Documenting the Documentary

Close Readings of Documentary Film and Video, New and Expanded Edition


Author: Barry Keith Grant

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

ISBN: 0814339727

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 600

View: 4171

Originally released in 1998, Documenting the Documentary responded to a scholarly landscape in which documentary film was largely understudied and undervalued aesthetically, and analyzed instead through issues of ethics, politics, and film technology. Editors Barry Keith Grant and Jeannette Sloniowski addressed this gap by presenting a useful survey of the artistic and persuasive aspects of documentary film from a range of critical viewpoints. This new edition of Documenting the Documentary adds five new essays on more recent films in addition to the text of the first edition. Thirty-one film and media scholars, many of them among the most important voices in the area of documentary film, cover the significant developments in the history of documentary filmmaking from Nanook of the North (1922), the first commercially released documentary feature, to contemporary independent film and video productions like Werner Herzog's Grizzly Man (2005) and the controversial Borat (2006). The works discussed also include representative examples of many important national and stylistic movements and various production contexts, from mainstream to avant-garde. In all, this volume offers a series of rich and revealing analyses of those "regimes of truth" that still fascinate filmgoers as much today as they did at the very beginnings of film history. As documentary film and visual media become increasingly important ways for audiences to process news and information, Documenting the Documentary continues to be a vital resource to understanding the genre. Students and teachers of film studies and fans of documentary film will appreciate this expanded classic volume.

Signifying the Local

Media Productions Rendered in Local Languages in Mainland China in the New Millennium


Author: Jin Liu

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004259023

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 326

View: 818

In Signifying the Local, Jin Liu examines contemporary cultural productions rendered in local languages and dialects (fangyan) in the fields of television, cinema, music, and literature in mainland China.

The Great Depression


Author: Britannica Educational Publishing

Publisher: Britannica Educational Publishing

ISBN: 1615308970

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 136

View: 7639

One of the greatest economic crises in history, the Great Depression of the 1930s caused much hardship both in the United States and throughout the world. The economic impact of this difficult period was reflected not only in the job market of the era but in its art, society, and politics as well. Illuminating information allows readers to examine the economic causes and effects of the Great Depression, as well as the federal and global responses to the crisis, and gives an in-depth look at how literature, theater, film, and more began to reflect the new social realities of the time.

Out of the Shadows

Expanding the Canon of Classic Film Noir


Author: Gene D. Phillips

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 0810881896

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 307

View: 3640

Out of the Shadows explores the most celebrated examples of film noir such as Laura, The Maltese Falcon, and Sunset Boulevard but also offers new insight into underrated films that deserve reconsideration, including Spellbound, A Double Life, Anatomy of a Murder, and others.

Alanis Obomsawin

The Vision of a Native Filmmaker


Author: Randolph Lewis

Publisher: U of Nebraska Press

ISBN: 9780803229631

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 260

View: 3768

A grizzly bear tells of her life in the Montana wilderness, from sharing adventures and mischief with her brother Jim, to learning from other animals as she tramps around by herself, to becoming a mother to her own cubs.

Collecting Visible Evidence


Author: Jane Gaines,Michael Renov

Publisher: U of Minnesota Press

ISBN: 9780816631360

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 339

View: 2231

In documentary studies, the old distinctions between fiction and nonfiction no longer apply, as contemporary film and video artists produce works that defy classification. Coming together to make sense of these developments, the contributors to this book effectively redefine documentary studies. They trace the documentary impulse in the early detective camera, in the reenactment of battle scenes from World War I, and in the telecast of the Nevada A-bomb test in 1952. Other topics include experiments in virtual reality; the crisis of representation in anthropology; and video art and documentary work that challenge the asymmetry of the postcolonial us/them divide. Book jacket.

Muriel Rukeyser and Documentary


Author: Catherine Gander

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748670556

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

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Provides a new perspective on the documentary diversity of Muriel Rukeyser's work and influencesWinner of the inaugural Peggy O'Brien Book Prize of the Irish Association for American Studies (IAAS)

Rethinking Documentary: New Perspectives And Practices

New Perspectives and Practices


Author: Austin, Thomas,de Jong, Wilma

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)

ISBN: 0335221912

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 358

View: 3941

Because of the huge boom in documentary making there's been a similar growth in the number of courses in documentary studies. This book brings together some of the leading scholars and practitioners in this area to provide a textbook and research tool.

The Dignity of Every Human Being

New Brunswick Artists and Canadian Culture between the Great Depression and the Cold War


Author: Kirk Niergarth

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442663200

Category: Art

Page: 368

View: 999

“The Dignity of Every Human Being” studies the vibrant New Brunswick artistic community which challenged “the tyranny of the Group of Seven” with socially-engaged realism in the 1930s and 40s. Using extensive archival and documentary research, Kirk Niergarth follows the work of regional artists such as Jack Humphrey and Miller Brittain, writers such as P.K. Page, and crafts workers such as Kjeld and Erica Deichmann. The book charts the rise and fall of “social modernism” in the Maritimes and the style’s deep engagement with the social and economic issues of the Great Depression and the Popular Front. Connecting local, national, and international cultural developments, Niergarth’s study documents the attempts of Depression-era artists to question conventional ideas about the nature of art, the social function of artists, and the institutions of Canadian culture. “The Dignity of Every Human Being” records an important and previously unexplored moment in Canadian cultural history.

Cinematic Fictions


Author: David Seed

Publisher: Liverpool University Press

ISBN: 1846312124

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 318

View: 668

The phrase “cinematic fiction” generally has been accepted into critical discourse, but usually only in the context of postwar novels. This volume examines the influence of a particular medium, film, on another, the novel, in the first half of twentieth-century American literature. Offering new insights into classics such as The Great Gatsby and The Grapes of Wrath, as well as discussing critical writings on film and active participation in filmmaking by major writers such as William Faulkner, Cinematic Fictions will be compulsory reading for scholars of American film and literature alike.