Dave Saunders? spirited introduction to documentary covers its
history, cultural context and development, and the approaches,
controversies and functions pertaining to non-fiction filmmaking.
Saunders examines the many methods by which documentary conveys
meaning, whilst exploring its differing societal purposes.
After a historical consideration of international documentary
production, the author examines the impact of recent technological
developments on the production, distribution and viewing of
non-fiction. In addition, he explores the increasingly hazy
distinctions between factual and dramatic formats, discussing
?reality television?, the ?docu-drama?, and less orthodox
approaches including animated and fantastical representations of
Documentary encompasses a broad range of academic discourse
around non-fiction filmmaking, introducing readers to the key
filmmakers, major scholars, central debates and critical ideas
relating to the form. This wide-ranging guidebook features global
releases from the 1920s through to 2009, and includes films such
- Nanook of the North (1922)
- The Man with the Movie Camera (1929)
- Night Mail (1936)
- Night and Fog (1955)
- Primary (1960)
- Roger and Me (1989)
- Tarnation (2003)
- My Winnipeg (2006)
- Sicko (2007)
- Waltz With Bashir (2008)
- Say My Name (2009)
- Anvil: The Story of Anvil (2009)
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