Blurred boundaries : questions of meaning in contemporary culture / Bill Nichols
Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1994.
Call No: 409 NIC Author: Nichols, Bill Place: Bloomington Publisher: Indiana University Press PubDate: 1994 PhysDes: xvii, 187 p. ; 25 cm Subject: ANTHROPOLOGY AND THE CINEMA; AUDIENCES; BODY IN FILMS; DOCUMENTARY FILMS; ETHNOGRAPHIC FILMS; MELODRAMA; NARRATIVE IN FILMS; SEMI-DOCUMENTARIES; SOCIAL HISTORY AND THE CINEMA; KING, RODNEY; STACHKA [STRIKE] (UR, Sergei M. Eisenstein, 1925); REALISM ON TV; REALITY "SHOWS"; REALITY TV; RACIAL PROBLEMS ON TV; RACIAL PROBLEMS AND TV; TRUTH IN FILMS; VIOLENCE ON TV; WAR AND THE CINEMA; GULF WAR ON TV; ETHICS AND TV Summary: "Blurred Boundaries explores decisive moments where the traditional boundaries of fiction/non-fiction and truth/falsehood blur. Nichols argues that the history of social representation in film, television, and video requires an understanding of the fate of both contemporary and older work. Traditionally, film history and cultural studies sought to place films in a historical context. Nichols proposes a new goal: to examine how specific works, old and new, promote or suppress a sense of historical consciousness. Examining work from Eisenstein's Strike to the Rodney King videotape, Nichols interrelates issues of formal structure, viewer response, and historical consciousness. Simultaneously, Blurred Boundaries radically alters the interpretative frameworks offered by neoformalism and psychoanalysis: Comprehension itself becomes a social act of transformative understanding rather than an abstract mental process, while the use of psychoanalytic terms like desire, lack, or paranoia to make social points metaphorically yields to vocabulary designed expressly for historical interpretation - such as project, intentionality, and the social imaginary. An important departure from prevailing trends in many fields, Blurred Boundaries offers new directions for the study of visual culture." -- BOOK BLURB Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 149-182) and index ISBN: 0253340640 (alk. paper); 0253209005 (paper : alk. paper) LON: 10767942 More info
Crafting truth : documentary form and meaning / by Louise Spence and Vinicius Navarro
New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, c2011.
Call No: 761 SPE Author: Spence, Louise; Navarro, Vinicius Source: US/UK Place: New Brunswick, NJ Publisher: Rutgers University Press PubDate: c2011 PhysDes: x, 281 p. : ill. ; 26 cm Subject: AESTHETICS; AUTHORSHIP; BIOGRAPHICAL FILMS; CINEMATOGRAPHY; COMMENTARY; CONSTRUCTIVISM; CONTINUITY; CINEMA-DIRECT; DOCUMENTARIES; DOCUMENTARY FILMS; EDITING; ETHNOGRAPHIC FILMS; HISTORY AND THE CINEMA; INTERVIEWING; INTERVIEWS IN FILMS; LIGHTING; LOCATION SHOOTING; MEMORY IN FILMS; MUSIC IN FILMS; NARRATIVE IN FILMS; NON-FICTION FILMS; PALESTINE; PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE CINEMA; REALISM IN FILMS; SOUND; SOUND EQUIPMENT; THEORY; TRUTH IN FILMS; VOICE OVER; WORLD WAR II AND THE CINEMA; AFRIQUE, JE TE PLUMERAI (CM/FR/G, Jean-Marie Téno, 1992); BERLIN DIE SINFONIE DER GROSSTADT (G, Walter Ruttman, 1927); CHRONIQUE D' UN ETE (FR, Jean Rouch/Edgar Morin, 1961); CHRONICLE OF A SUMMER (FR, Jean Rouch & Edgar Morin, 1961); GOKUSHITEKI EROSU: RENKA 1974 (JA, Kazuo Hara, 1974); FAR FROM POLAND (US, Jill Godmilow, 1984); HALVING THE BONES (US, Ruth Ozeki Lounsbury, 1995); HANDSWORTH SONGS (UK, John Akomfrah, 1986); HEARTS AND MINDS (US, Peter Davis, 1974); JOYCE AT 34 (US, Joyce Chopra, 1972); LESSONS OF DARKNESS (GG, Werner Herzog, 1992); LEKTIONEN IN FINSTERNIS (GG, Werner Herzog, 1992); LIFE AND TIMES OF ROSIE THE RIVETER, THE (US, Connie Field, 1980); NANOOK OF THE NORTH (US, Robert Flaherty, 1922); NEKAM ACHAT MISHTEY EYNAY (FR/IS, Avi Mograbi, 2005); NIGHT MAIL (UK, Basil Wright & Harry Watt, 1936); PRELUDE TO WAR (US, Frank Capra & Anatole Litvak, 1942); SANS SOLEIL (FR, Chris Marker, 1983); SHOAH (FR/SZ, Claude Lanzmann, 1985); TIES THAT BIND, THE (US, Su Friedrich, 1984); TITICUT FOLLIES (US, Frederick Wiseman, 1967); WAR GAME, THE (UK, Peter Watkins, 1966) Summary: "Although nonfiction film may have captured imaginations, many viewers enter and leave theaters with a naive concept of "reality"- for them, documentaries are sources of information. But is truth or reality readily available, easily acquired, or undisputed? Or do documentaries convey illusions of reality? What aesthetic means are used to build these illusions?
Crafting truth illuminates the way these films tell their stories; how they use the camera, editing, sound, and performance; what rhetorical devices they employ; and what the theoretical, practical, and ethical implications of those choices are. Complex documentary concepts are presented through easily accessible language, images, and a discussion of a wide range of films and videos to encourage new ways of thinking about and seeing nonfiction cinema. " -- BOOK BLURB ISBN: 9780813549033 Contents: -- acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Authenticity -- Evidence -- Authority --
Responsibility -- Argument -- Dramatic stories, poetic and essay documentaries --
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Documentary : the margins of reality / written by Paul Ward
London ; New York: Wallflower, c2005.
Call No: 761 WAR Author: Ward, Paul Source: US Place: London ; New York Publisher: Wallflower PubDate: c2005 PhysDes: 115 p. : ill. ; 20 cm Series: :Short cuts : introductions to film studies Subject: DOCUMENTARIES; DOCUMENTARY DRAMAS; DOCUMENTARY FILMS; INTERVIEWS IN FILMS; TRUTH IN FILMS; VOICE OVER; BROOMFIELD, NICK; GRIERSON, JOHN; TOUCHING THE VOID (UK, Kevin MacDonald, 2003); CAPTURING THE FRIEDMANS (US, Andrew Jalecki, 2003) Summary: "In discussing films such as Touching the Void (2003), Capturing the Friedmans (2003) and the work of Nick Broomfield, this timely introduction to the growing field of documentary explores the definition and understanding of the form, as well as the relationship between documentary and drama, specifically the notion of reconstruction and re-enactment. Paul Ward also examines animated documentaries, the meeting point of comedy and documentary modes, the ability of documentary to accurately represent historical events, and feature-length contemporary works that have achieved widespread cinematic release."--BOOK JACKET. Notes: Includes index; Includes bibliography: 108-112 ISBN: 9781904764595 Contents: -- acknowledgments -- introduction -- 1. Defining documentary -- 2. Fiction and nonfiction : the great divide? -- 3. The changing face of the historical documentary -- 4. Documentary and comedy -- 5. Animation and documentary representation -- Conclusion : the future of documentary -- notes -- bibliography -- index -- More info
Documentary and educational films of the 1930s / Rachael Low
London, UK: George Allen & Unwin, 1979.
Call No: 761(41) LOW Author: Low, Rachael Source: UK Place: London, UK Publisher: George Allen & Unwin PubDate: 1979 PhysDes: 244 p. : ill. ; 22 cm Series: The History of British Film 1929-1939 Subject: BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE; DOCUMENTARY FILMS. UK; EDUCATION, USE OF FILMS IN; EDUCATION, FILM. UK; INDUSTRY, FILM. UK; INSTRUCTIONAL FILMS; PROPAGANDA FILMS; POLITICAL FILMS; TRUTH IN FILMS; ANSTEY, EDGAR; CAVALCANTI, ALBERTO; ELTON, ARTHUR; GRIERSON, JOHN; ROTHA, PAUL; WRIGHT, BASIL Summary: "With the advent of sound a host of film makers began, during the 1930s, to explore the wider possibilities of film as a means of communication. Without doubt the most spectacular development during this decade of social and political unrest was the dramatic growth of the mainstream British documentary movement closely associated with names such as John Grierson and Paul Rotha, which is often described as Britain's most important contribution to world cinema. In these pages for the first time a full and detailed account is given of people involved in the documentary movement and a coherant attempt is made to date and describe their whole output. Rachael Low demonstrates how different documentary styles evolved, developed and changed - and eventually split into two distinct schools of film making.
An equally important innovation in the 1930s was the first use of film for educational purposes. Rachael Low records in detail the many experiments and debates held to determine the best use of films in schools and the often disappointing attempts to produce satisfactory educational films."--BOOK JACKET Notes: includes bibliographical references; incldues film listing
includes index ISBN: 0047910364 Contents: -- Acknowledgements -- List of Illustrations -- 1. Introduction -- 2. The Educational Film -- 3. The Documentary Movement -- (i) Early Stages -- (ii) The Middle Years -- (iii) Maturity -- (iv) The End of the Decade -- 4. Reality and the Documentary Film -- Appendix: The British Film Institute -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Film List -- Index -- More info
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Documentary in American television : form, function, method / A. William Bluem
New York: Hastings House, .
Call No: 761(73) BLU Author: Bluem, A. William Source: US Place: New York Publisher: Hastings House PubDate:  PhysDes: 311 p. illus., ports. 24 cm Subject: BIOGRAPHICAL FILMS; DOCUMENTARIES. USA; JOURNALISM IN THE CINEMA; PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE CINEMA; RADIO AND THE CINEMA; TELEVISION JOURNALISM; TELEVISION; TELEVISION. USA; TRUTH IN FILMS; WAR AND TV Summary: "The documentary movement in American television is explored critically in this knowledgeable, and often controversial, book. Analyzed here are forms and functions of the television documentary; its heritage in other media (print, still photography, motion pictures, radio, living theatre); its major achievements; the people who have shaped it; the problems and the possibilities of its use in a free society." -- BOOK BLURB Notes: Bibliography: p. 297-301 ISBN: 0803815271 LON: 646183 8085578 URL status: URL: 'http://-'
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The politics of documentary / Michael Chanan
London: British Film Institute, 2007.
Call No: 761 CHA Author: Chanan, Michael Source: UK Place: London Publisher: British Film Institute PubDate: 2007 PhysDes: viii, 280 p. : ill., ports. ; 24 cm Subject: ARCHIVES & INSTITUTES, FILM; AVANT-GARDE FILMS; CINEMA VERITE; CINEMA-DIRECT; COMMENTARY; DOCUMENTARY FILMS. JAPAN; DOCUMENTARY FILMS. LATIN AMERICAN COUNTRIES; DOCUMENTARY FILMS. USA; DOCUMENTARY FILMS; FREE CINEMA; MONTAGE; MUSIC AND THE CINEMA; POLITICAL FILMS; POLITICS AND THE CINEMA; POLITICS IN FILMS; TRUTH IN FILMS; FLAHERTY, ROBERT; GRIERSON, JOHN; IVENS, JORIS; ROUCH, JEAN; VERTOV, DZIGA; BERLIN DIE SINFONIE DER GROSSTADT (G, Walter Ruttman, 1927); BERLIN: SYMPHONY OF A GREAT CITY (G, Walter Ruttman, 1927); NANOOK OF THE NORTH (US, Robert Flaherty, 1922) Summary: "Chanan traces the history of the documentary from the first Lumiere films to Grierson and his contemporaries, though to Free Cinema, Cinema verite and Direct Cinema, up to the current resurgence of documentary with high profile films such as those of Michael Moore. Chanan's thematic approach takes in topics such as the documentary before documentary, how documentary film language works, the veracity of the image, the construction of the soundtrack, the migration of documentary to television, political documentary, censorship, first-person film making, and the relation of the archives to history and memory. Drawing on examples of documentary cinema in Japan, Iran, and Latin America as well as Europe and the USA, Chanan argues that documentary provides a crucial public space in which ideas are debated, opinion is formed and those in authority are held to account. " - BLURB Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index ISBN: 9781844572267 Contents: Part 1: Mapping the field -- 1:The new documentary wave -- 2: The documentary field -- 3: Rules of evidence -- Part 2: Historical moments -- 4: Documentary before documentary -- 5: Discovery of space -- 6: The documented point of view -- 7: Soundscapes -- 8: Public address -- 9:Essays and endeavours -- 10:Truth games -- Part 3: Contemporary Themes -- 11:Different histories -- 12: Living history -- 13: The space of the subject -- 14: After Verite -- 15: History and memory -- Index More info
Post-theory : reconstructing film studies / edited by David Bordwell and Noel Carroll
Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1996.
Call No: 62 POS Author: Bordwell, David, 1947; Carroll, Noel (NoFl E.) Place: Madison Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press PubDate: 1996 PhysDes: 564 p. : 23 cm Series: Wisconsin studies in film Subject: THEORY; FILM STUDY AND RESEARCH; PSYCHOANALYSIS AND THE CINEMA; FEMINISM AND THE CINEMA; HORROR FILMS; TRUTH IN FILMS; MUSIC, FILM; NON-FICTION FILMS; REALISM IN FILMS; AVANT-GARDE FILMS; SPECTATORSHIP; JAPAN; DENMARK; EXHIBITION; CHARACTERIZATION IN FILMS; AUDIENCES; CONSTRUCTIVISM; EDITING; PERCEPTION; PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF FILMS; GENRES; LOVE IN FILMS; MELODRAMA; NARRATIVE IN FILMS; COLUMBIA PICTURES; WARNER BROS.; BRECHT, BERTOLT; GIBSON, JAMES J.; COHN, HARRY; JAMESON, FREDRIC; MANDEL, ERNEST; RENOV, MICHAEL; JAZZ SINGER, THE (US, Alan Crosland, 1927); CASABLANCA (US, Michael Curtiz, 1942); ACCUSED, THE (US, Jonathan Kaplan, 1988) Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index ISBN: 0299149404 (cloth : alk. paper); 0299149447 (pbk. : alk. paper) LON: 95037052; 11859923 More info
Representing reality : issues and concepts in documentary / Bill Nichols
Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1991.
Call No: 761NIC Author: Nichols, Bill Place: Bloomington Publisher: Indiana University Press PubDate: 1991 PhysDes: xx, 313 p. ; 24 cm Subject: ANTHROPOLOGY AND THE CINEMA; BODY IN FILMS; COMMENTARY; DEATH IN FILMS; DOCUMENTARY FILMS; DOCUMENTARIES; ETHNOGRAPHIC FILMS; GAZE IN FILMS; IDEOLOGY AND THE CINEMA; IDEOLOGY IN FILMS; INTERVIEWS IN FILMS; NARRATIVE IN FILMS; PHILOSOPHY AND THE CINEMA; REALISM IN FILMS; TRUTH IN FILMS; VIEWERS Summary: "Representing Reality examines the styles, strategies, and structures of documentary film. It does not offer a general survey of documentary film history so much as a conceptual overview of the form itself: what qualities of cinema underpin it, what institutional structures sustain it, what rhetorical operations inform it, what interpretive perspectives encompass it. How these questions arrange themselves into recurrent patterns and preoccupations [is] the central focus." -- Taken from preface. Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. -296) and index; Filmology: p. -304 ISBN: 0253340608 (alk. paper); 0253206812 (pbk. : alk. paper) LON: 91002637; 8905992 Contents: Axes of orientation: I. The domain of documentary -- II. Documentary modes of representation -- III. Axiographics: ethical space in documentary film -- Documentary: a fiction (un)like any other: IV. Telling stories with evidence and arguments -- V. Sticking to reality: rhetoric and what exceeds it -- VI. The fact of realism and the fiction of objectivity -- Documentary representation and the historical world: VII> Pornography, ethnography, and the discourses of power / Christian Hansen, Catherine Needham, Bill Nichols -- VIII. Representing the body: questions of meaning and magnitude More info
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