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Politics of Documentary

Authors: Chanan, Michael

  • A wideranging guide to the documentary film
  •   Documentaries are an everincreasing presence in mainstream cinema
  •   Includes insight to popular documentaries including Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/
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When the flm-maker Morgan Spurlock told an American festival audience 'we live in a world where independent documentary film has truly become the last bastion of free speech' he won a round of applause from the packed house. Michael Chanan's wide-ranging and illuminating study of international documentary film-making re-reads its complex history and present flourishing from the perspective of this fundamentally democratic aim.
 
Chanan traces the history of the documentary from the first Lumiere films to Grierson and his contemporaries, through 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.

About the authors

MICHAEL CHANAN is a documentary film-maker and Professor of Film and Video at Roehampton University.  His films include 'Detroit - Ruin of a City' (with George Steinmetz, 2005).  His books include 'Cuban Cinema' (2003) and 'Repeated Takes: A Short History of Recording and its Effects on Music' (1995).

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Shortlisted for the 2008 Kraszna-Krausz Award for the Best Moving Image Book. For more information about this prize, see the website: http://www.kraszna-krausz.org.uk/

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Softcover $39.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-84457-226-7
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Politics of Documentary
Authors
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Palgrave BFI
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-84457-227-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-84457-226-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
240
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