Documentary Cinema

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This PowerPoint presentation is used in my Intro to Film class in conjunction with the first half of Chapter Ten in Bordwell and Thompson's Film Art: An Introduction

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Documentary Cinema

  1. 1. DOCUMENTARY CINEMA THFM 1610: INTRODUCTION TO FILM DR. ROSALIND SIBIELSKI, BOWING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY
  2. 2.  There are 3 basic types of movies • Narrative • Documentary • Experimental (Avant-Garde)  What separates them: • Industrial context in which they are produced, distributed, & exhibited • How they use the formal elements of film to present content to viewers • The purpose in making the film CATEGORIES OF CINEMA
  3. 3.  Subject matter = examination of real-world people, events, or issues  Made to educate, inform, and/or persuade audiences about subject  Unscripted  Success measured in terms of trustworthiness of information/sources DOCUMENTARY CINEMA
  4. 4.  Produced for commercial distribution/exhibition • mostly independently, but sometimes with financial support from movie studio or TV network  Limited Theatrical release • Primary exhibition venues = festivals and TV  Small demand in ancillary markets outside of television INDUSTRIAL CONTEXT
  5. 5.  Documentaries do not simply record reality  ALL documentaries make use of filmmaking techniques to re-present reality in a particular way that is meant to convince us to adopt the POV of the documentary towards its subject  Mediation = the way that form influences our interpretation of content DOCUMENTARY “BIAS”
  6. 6. Compilation Film Interview (or “Talking Heads”) Documentary Direct Cinema/ Cinema Vérité Documentary Nature Documentary  Portrait Documentary Synthetic Documentary DOCUMENTARY GENRES
  7. 7. EXAMPLE 1 How To Survive a Plague (David France, 2012)
  8. 8. March of the Penguins (Luc Jaquet, 2005) EXAMPLE 2
  9. 9. Man on Wire (James Marsh, 2008) EXAMPLE 3
  10. 10. The Story of Film: An Odyssey, Episode 1 (Mark Cousins, 2011) EXAMPLE 4
  11. 11. Waltz With Bashir (Ari Folsom, 2008) EXAMPLE 5

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