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Author Winston, Brian.

Title Claiming the real : the Griersonian documentary and its legitimations / Brian Winston
Published London : British Film Institute, 1995


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Description 301 pages ; 24 cm
Contents Pt. 1. The Creative Treatment of Actuality. 1. The Documentary, Scitex and Harry. 2. The Documentary Film in 1914. 3. The Documentary as the Creative Treatment of Actuality -- Pt. 2. Creative: Documentary as Art. 4. Photography as Art. 5. The Documentarist as Explorer/Artist. 6. The Griersonian Artist. 7. Documentary Film and Realist Painting. 8. The Politics of Realism. 9. Running Away from Social Meaning. 10. Poor, Suffering Characters: Victims and Problem Moments. 11. Serious-Minded Chaps: Politics and Poetics. 12. He Never Used the Word Revolution. 13. To Command, and Cumulatively Command, the Mind of a Generation. 14. Running Away from Social Meaning in America. 15. Staatspolitisch Besonders Wertvoll. 16. To Win New Comrades for the Cause. 17. A Curious Comment -- Pt. 3. Treatment: Documentary as Drama. 18. Life as Narrativised. 19. Chrono-Logic. 20. Non-Narrative: Works Better in the Head than on the Screen. 21. Sincere and Justifiable Reconstruction
Pt. 4. Actuality: Documentary as Science. 22. Photography as Science. 23. Science as Inscription. 24. Evidence in the Law. 25. Technologising the Documentary Agenda. 26. Documentary as Scientific Inscription: Film as Evidence. 27. This Objective-Subjective Stuff Is a Lot of Bullshit. 28. Kinopravda. 29. Film as Ethnography. 30. Film as Truth. 31. The Principles of Visual Anthropology. 32. Flies in the Soup: The Influence of Cinema Verite. 33. Flies on the Wall: The Influence of Direct Cinema. 34. What Constraints? 35. The Repressed in Documentary Film Studies. 36. On the Battlefields of Epistemology -- Pt. 5. Documentary in the Age of Digital Image Manipulation. 37. Towards a Post-Griersonian Documentary. 38. The Innocent Arrogance of Objective Fact
Summary This work rewrites the history of documentary film to take account of technological change. Winston explores the role of such figures as Grierson, Flaherty and Dziga Vertov, and examines both the principles and practice of the major movements in documentary, such as "cinema verite."
Analysis Documentary films
Notes Includes bibliographical references (p. 277-294) and index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 277-294) and index
Notes Also issued online
Subject Grierson, John, 1898-1972.
Documentary films -- History and criticism.
Documentary films.
Author British Film Institute.
LC no. 95233807
ISBN 0851704638 (cased)
0851704646 (paperback)