London: Allen and Unwin, 1974.
Call No: 761 BAR
Author: Barsam, Richard Meran
Publisher: Allen and Unwin
PhysDes: xix, 332 p. : ill., ports. ; 22 cm
Subject: NON-FICTION FILMS; DOCUMENTARY FILMS; CINEMA-DIRECT; PROPAGANDA FILMS; WAR FILMS; ANDERSON, LINDSAY; CAPRA, FRANK; CAVALCANTI, ALBERTO; VAN DONGEN, HELEN; DOVZENKO, ALEKSANDR; FLAHERTY, ROBERT; GRIERSON, JOHN; HUSTON, JOHN; IVENS, JORIS; JENNINGS, HUMPHREY; KING, ALLAN; LEACOCK, RICHARD; LYE, LEN; MAYSLES, ALBERT & DAVID; PENNEBAKER, D. A.; REISZ, KAREL; RIEFENSTAHL, LENI; ROTHA, PAUL; RUTTMAN, WALTER; STORCK, HENRI; VAN DYKE, WILLARD; VERTOV, DZIGA; WADLEIGH, MICHAEL; WATT, HARRY; WISEMAN, FREDERICK; WRIGHT, BASIL; BOND, RALPH; ANSTEY, EDGAR; LORENTZ, PARE; HAMMID, ALEXANDER; ROGOSIN, LIONEL; STEINER, RALPH; ELTON, ARTHUR; JACOBY, IRVING; LAND, THE (US, Robert Flaherty, 1942); FIGHT FOR LIFE, THE (US, Pare Lorentz, 1940); MAISONS DE LA MISERE, LES (BE, Henri Storck, 1937); ALL OF MY BABIES : A MIDWIFE'S OWN STORY (US, George Stoney, 1952); BATTLE OF RUSSIA, THE (US, Frank Capra, 1944); LET THERE BE LIGHT (US, John Huston, 1946); DON'T LOOK BACK (US, D.A. Pennebaker, 1967)
Summary: "Nonfiction film is the first work to document the whole history of nonfiction film from the 1920s to the present day. The main emphasis of the book is on the British and American cinema and hundreds of documentary, action, and 'actuality' films from Nanook of the North to Woodstock and Gimme Shelter are described, discussed and analysed, including films by the great pioneers such as Robert Flaherty, Basil Wright, John Grierson and Paul Rotha and the new experimental film makers like Richard Leacock, D. A. Pennebaker, Frederick Wiseman and Albert and David Maysles. Richard Barsam provides a critical framework against which the non-fiction film can be studied and enjoyed. Among the many topics covered are early American, Russian and Continental films, the British and American films of the twenties and thirties, the films of World War II and the whole range of styles and subjects of the fifties, sixties and today." -- BOOK BLURB
Notes: Originally published: New York : Dutton, 1973; Bibl.: p.317-321. - List of films: p.299-316. - Index
ISBN: 0047910313 (Pbk) : ª1.95; 0047910305
Contents: 1. Defining nonfiction film -- 2. The American, Russian, and continental beginnings -- 3. John Grierson and the early British documentary -- 4. British documentary in the later 1930's -- 5. European and American nonfiction film: 1930-1940 -- 6. The humanistic vision of Robert Flaherty -- 7. World War II on film -- 8. Nonfiction film in transition: 1940-1950 -- 9. Old traditions and new directions: 1950-1960 -- 10. The new nonfiction film: 1960-1970
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