A New History of Documentary Film: Second Edition by Betsy A. McLane

By Betsy A. McLane

A New historical past of Documentary movie, moment variation offers a much-needed source, contemplating the very quick adjustments happening inside of documentary media. development upon the best-selling 2005 variation, Betsy McLane retains an identical chronological exam, authentic reliability, ease of use and obtainable prose kind as earlier than, whereas additionally weaving 3 new threads - Experimental Documentary, visible Anthropology and Environmental/Nature motion pictures - into the dialogue. She offers emphasis on archival and maintenance historical past, current practices, and destiny wishes for documentaries. in addition to maintenance details, particular difficulties of copyright and reasonable use, as they relate to documentary, are thought of.

Finally, A heritage of Documentary movie retains and updates the urged readings and critical movies and the top of every bankruptcy from the 1st variation, together with the bibliography and appendices. very unlikely to speak learnedly approximately documentary movie with out an audio-visual part, a better half web site increases its intensity of data and total usefulness to scholars, lecturers and picture lovers.


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An indication of the department’s importance was the fact that it was headed by Nadezhda Krupskaya, wife of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, principal architect of the Revolution. In 1919 the existing film industry was nationalized and the State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK) established in Moscow to train filmmakers. VGIK remains an important film school in the twenty-first century. In Russian the word propaganda lacked the pejorative connotations it acquired in English. Soviets working in the arts and media understood that ideological bias operated in the selection and presentation of content in all information and entertainment, and that it was naive or hypocritical to pretend otherwise.

The Battle of the Somme shocked audiences who previously had seen only the ‘Pack up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag’ glory of marching troops in newsreels. That the film was funded and endorsed by the British military was also significant. It laid bare the horrors and the human faces of war, a policy decision that governments from then until now have danced around. Scepticism about the authenticity of its battle scenes haunted the film for decades, but recent impeccable scholarship has proved that only about one minute and 12 seconds of a film running one hour and 14 minutes was faked.

The great French director Jean Renoir once remarked that a filmmaker spends his whole life making one film over and over again. What Flaherty said throughout his work was that humankind has an innate dignity, and that the world’s meaning and beauty dwell in its patterns of existence. The Flaherty Legacy Though no school or movement ever formed around him, others who worked along similar lines have continuously followed Flaherty’s example. Nanook of the North is a recognizable name even in the twenty-first century, and the idea of observing and recording people in their own milieu with a sympathetic eye continues to be a vital strand in documentary-making.

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