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100 Documentary Films

Authors: Grant, Barry Keith

  • New volume in successful BFI Screen Guides series
  • Authors are two highprofile film scholars
  • Documentary is becoming increasingly mainstream and popular
  • Includes entries on critical and commercial hits such as Bowling for Columbine and March of the Penguins
  • First portable reference guide to key documentary films
  • Well illustrated with images from the films discussed
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About this book

Documentary films constitute a major part of film history. Cinema's origins lie, arguably, more in non-fiction than fiction, and documentary represents the other - often submerged and barely visible - 'half' of cinema history. Historically, documentary cinema has always been an important point of reference for fiction cinema, and the two have often overlapped. Over the last two decades, documentary cinema has enjoyed a revival in critical and commercial success.

100 Documentary Films is the first book to offer concise and authoritative individual critical commentaries on some of the key documentary films - from the Lumière brothers and the beginnings of cinema through to recent films such as Bowling for Columbine and When the Levees Broke - and is global in perspective. Many different types of documentary are discussed, as well as films by major documentary directors, including Robert Flaherty, Humphrey Jennings, Jean Rouch, Dziga Vertov, Errol Morris, Nick Broomfield and Michael Moore. Each entry provides concise critical analysis, while frequent cross reference to other films featured helps to place films in their historical and aesthetic contexts. 

Barry Keith Grant is Professor of Film Studies and Popular Culture at Brock University, Ontario, Canada. He is the author of Film Genre: From Iconography to Ideology (2007), Voyages of Discovery: The Cinema of Frederick Wiseman (1992) and co-author, with Steve Blandford and Jim Hillier, of The Film Studies Dictionary (2001).

Jim Hillier is Visiting Lecturer in Film at the University of Reading. He is the author of The New Hollywood (1993), the co-author of The Film Studies Dictionary (2001) and, with Alan Lovell, of Studies in Documentary (1972). His edited books include American Independent Cinema (2001) and two volumes of the English translation of the selected Cahiers du cinema (1985, 1986).



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BARRY KEITH GRANT is Professor of Film Studies and Popular Culture at Brock University, Ontario, Canada. He is the author of Film Genre: From Iconography to Ideology (2007), Voyages of Discovery: The Cinema of Frederick Wiseman (1992) and co-author, with Steve Blandford and Jim Hillier, of The Film Studies Dictionary (2001).
 
JIM HILLIER is Visiting Lecturer in Film at the University of Reading. He is the author of The New Hollywood (1993), the co-author of The Film Studies Dictionary (2001) and, with Alan Lovell, of Studies in Documentary (1972). His edited books include American Independent Cinema (2001) and two volumes of selected criticism from Cahiers du cinema (1985, 1986).

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The first book to offer concise and authoritative individual critical commentaries on some of the key documentary films.' - Sight& Sound

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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $105.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-84457-265-6
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Softcover $31.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-84457-264-9
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
100 Documentary Films
Authors
Series Title
Screen Guides
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Palgrave BFI
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-84457-551-0
DOI
10.1007/978-1-84457-551-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-84457-265-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-84457-264-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
272
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