Film Studies

New Documentary

By Stella Bruzzi

Praise for New Documentary:

'It's fresh to discover a e-book that cuts throughout the drained previous debates that experience surrounded documentary movie and tv. It heralds a welcome new approach.'

Sight and Sound

'Documentary perform adjustments so quick that books at the topic are frequently outdated ahead of they're released. Bruzzi's fulfillment is to have understood the style as an job in accordance with functionality instead of commentary. it is a clean point of view which illuminates the elemental shifts that may proceed to ensue within the style because it enters its moment century.'

John Ellis, Professor of Media Arts, Royal Holloway, college of London

New Documentary provides a latest examine documentary and clean and tough methods of theorising the non-fiction movie. As enticing because the unique, this moment variation gains thorough updates to the prevailing chapters, in addition to a new bankruptcy on modern cinema liberate documentaries.

This new version includes:

  • Contemporary motion pictures resembling Capturing the Friedmans, Être et avoir, Farenheit 9/11, The Fog of War and Touching the Void in addition to extra canonical texts equivalent to Hoop Dreams and Shoah
  • Additional interviews with influential practitioners, similar to director Michael Apted and manufacturer Stephen Lambert

  • A comprehensively revised dialogue of contemporary observational documentary, together with docusoaps, fact tv and formatted documentaries
  • The paintings of documentary filmmakers comparable to Nicholas Barker, Errol Morris, Nick Broomfield, Molly Dineen and Michael Moore and the paintings of Avant-Garde filmmakers similar to Chris Marker and Patrick Keiller
  • Gender id, queer idea, functionality, race and spectatorship.

Bruzzi exhibits how theories of documentary filmmaking should be utilized to modern texts and genres, and discusses the connection among contemporary, leading edge examples of the style and the extra proven canon of documentary.

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Notes on Cinematography

FROM THE writer: Robert Bresson's Notes on Cinematography are operating memos that the nice French director made for his personal use. In them all, Bresson displays with a craftsman's perception on strategies - and past concepts to their philosophical and esthetic implications. now not strangely, those acute reflections won't purely sharpen a filmmaker's sensibility, yet that of any artist in any medium. Bresson makes a few radical differences among what he phrases "cinematography" and anything relatively various: "cinema" - which for him is not anything yet an try and photo theater and use it for the display. This publication is translated into English from the French by way of Jonathan Griffin.

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Contract With The Skin: Masochism, Performance Art, and the 1970s

By Kathy O'Dell

Having your self shot. placing out fires together with your naked palms and ft. Biting your personal physique and photographing the marks. stitching your individual mouth close. those possible aberrant acts have been devoted via functionality artists in the course of the Nineteen Seventies. Why may someone do this stuff? What do these types of masochistic performances let us know concerning the social and old context during which they happened? attention-grabbing and accessibly written, agreement with the outside addresses such questions via a reconsideration of those acts in terms of psychoanalytic and criminal options of masochism.

O'Dell argues that the expansion of masochistic functionality through the Nineteen Seventies has to be visible within the context of society's reaction to the Vietnam battle and contemporaneous alterations in theories of agreement. She contends that the dynamic that exists among viewers and performer in the course of those masochistic acts pertains to tensions because of ruptures within the social agreement. certainly, because the conflict in Vietnam waned, so did masochistic functionality, in basic terms to reemerge within the Eighties in terms of the "war on AIDS" and the censorious "culture wars".

Focusing on Nineteen Seventies functionality artists Vito Acconci, Chris Burden, Gina Pane, and collaborators Marina Abramovic/Ulay in addition to people with related sensibilities from the past due Nineteen Eighties onward -- Bob Flanagan, David Wojnarowicz, Simon Leung, Catherine Opie, Ron Athey, Lutz Bacher, and Robby Garfinkel -- O'Dell presents photographic documentation of performances and quotations from interviews with some of the artists. all through, O'Dell asks what we will be able to do in regards to the institutionalized kinds of masochism for which those performances are metaphors.

Contract with the surface is a provocative advisor to thislittle-studied region, and gives new methods of considering functionality artwork and creative production.

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Cinema Wars: Hollywood Film and Politics in the Bush-Cheney Era

Cinema Wars explores the intersection of movie, politics, and US tradition and society via a daring severe research of the movies, television exhibits, and documentaries produced within the early 2000s

  • Offers a thought-provoking depiction of Hollywood movie as a contested terrain among conservative and liberal forces
  • Films and documentaries mentioned comprise: Black Hawk Down, The Dark Knight, Star Wars, Syriana, WALL-E, Fahrenheit 9/11 and different Michael Moore documentaries, among others
  • Explores how a few motion pictures during this period supported the Bush-Cheney regime, whereas others criticized the management, overtly or otherwise
  • Investigates Hollywood’s remedy of a number of scorching themes, from terrorism and environmental trouble to the Iraq conflict and the tradition wars of the 2000s
  • Shows how Hollywood movie within the 2000s dropped at existence a colourful array of social protest and helped create cultural stipulations to decide on Barack Obama

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Val Lewton: The Reality of Terror

By Joel E. Siegel

An advent to manufacturer Val Lewton and his mental horror cinema. the 1st 1/2 the publication is biographical and analytical. Siegel is excellent at the biographical narrative and weaving within the techniques and affects of the movies that Lewton produced (Cat humans, I Walked with a Zombie). He emphasizes Lewton's creation procedure, his construction frustrations, and his respectful, planned collaboration with others. Siegel is often prepared to illustrate Lewton's auteurship and impression on others, yet by no means on the cost of others or with any precise pleading. Reliably, Siegel withholds no feedback of what he sees as lesser filmmaking and consistently evaluates the flicks really. He's additionally stable on noting severe reaction to the flicks at time of unencumber. exact point out is going to sympathetic critics Farber and Agee. the second one 1/2 the e-book is sparer, yet nonetheless wealthy feedback of every Lewton construction.

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L'Âge d'or (BFI Film Classics)

By Paul Hammond

Illustrated in a single of the nice collaborations of cinema historical past, L'age d'or united the geniuses of Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dali within the making of a uniquely savage combination of visible poetry and social feedback. one of many striking works of the Surrealist stream, L'Age d'or used to be banned and vilified for a few years in lots of international locations, turning into justly mythical for its subversive eroticism and its livid dissection of "civilized" values. In a striking, intuitive analyzing of L'Age d'or, Paul Hammond interweaves a close account of the extreme conditions of its construction with a blinding interpretation of its aesthetic and political nuances. immediately authoritative and polemical, this can be a examine totally in track with its topic, a becoming accompaniment to at least one of the key landmarks of worldwide cinema.

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Cinema 16: Documents Toward a History of the Film Society (Wide Angle Books)

Because the so much winning and influential movie society in American background, Cinema sixteen was once a vital association for the construction of a public house for the total variety of cinema success within the years following international warfare II. A precursor of the recent York movie pageant, Cinema sixteen screenings turned a meeting position for brand new Yorkers not just in cinema, yet within the use of media within the improvement of a extra entire, powerful democracy. For seventeen years, a number of the major intellectuals and artists of the time got here jointly as a part of a club society of millions to event the inventive programming of Cinema sixteen director, Amos Vogel. What audiences observed at Cinema sixteen replaced their lives and had a permanent effect not just at the ny urban cultural scene, yet national. Vogel's distribution of landmark documentary and avant-garde motion pictures helped make a spot for plenty of motion pictures which can by no means have had advertisement free up, given the pressures of commercialism and censorship through the postwar period. Vogel's dedication to the broadest variety of cinema perform led him to advance a programming procedure, inherited from the eu cine-club stream, that concerned confronting audiences with this type of wide variety of cinematic types that audience left the theater contemplating not just the customarily striking motion pictures Vogel confirmed, however the position of Cinema itself in glossy existence. "Cinema sixteen: files towards a heritage of the movie Society" is the 1st publication on Cinema sixteen. Scott MacDonald offers a feeling of the lifestyles and paintings of the society, utilizing the total Cinema sixteen software bulletins, chosen letters among Vogel and the filmmakers whose movies he confirmed; choices from this system notes that observed Cinema sixteen screenings, theoretical essays by way of Vogel on curating self sufficient cinema; conversations among MacDonald and Cinema sixteen individuals; photos and stills; and various different records. writer observe: Scott MacDonald has taught at Hamilton collage, Syracuse college, and Bard university. he's the writer of 7 past books, together with the acclaimed, multi-volume "A serious Cinema".

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Vertov, Snow, Farocki: Machine Vision and the Posthuman

By David Tomas

Vertov, Snow, Farocki: laptop imaginative and prescient and the Posthuman begins with a finished and unique anthropological research of Vertov's movie The guy With a film digital camera. Tomas then explores the film's a variety of facets and contributions to media heritage and perform via precise discussions of chosen case reports. the 1st issues the way in which Snow's La Région Centrale and De La expand and/or develops very important theoretical and technical facets of Vertov's unique movie, particularly these elements that experience made the movie so very important within the heritage of cinema. The linkage among Vertov's movie and the works mentioned within the case reports also will serve to demonstrate the ancient and theoretical value of a comparative method of this type, and illustrate the pertinence of adopting a 'relational process' to the heritage of media and its modern perform, an procedure that's not centred solely at the technical query of the recent in modern media practices yet, by contrast, situates a piece and measures its originality in ancient, intermedia, and finally political terms.

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Subversion: The Definitive History of Underground Cinema

By Duncan Reekie

Subversion: The Definitive heritage of Underground Cinema is the essential background of underground cinema, an untold tale that comes with the British self reliant and French avant-garde cinemas of the Nineteen Twenties, the counterculture movie events of the Sixties, the microcinema resurgence of the Nineteen Nineties, and past. dishing out with simplistic "art as opposed to trade" discourses, Subversion not just discovers the cultural roots of underground filmmaking in bohemian cabarets of nineteenth-century Paris and the fairbooths of medieval London, yet situates the underground as a thorough and well known lifestyle break away mainstream cinema and avant-garde film.

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Critical Cinema: Beyond the Theory of Practice

Critical Cinema: past the speculation of Practice purges the obstructive line among the making of and the theorising on movie, uniting concept and perform with a purpose to stream past the economic confines of Hollywood. commencing with an creation through invoice Nichols, one of many world's prime writers on nonfiction movie, this quantity gains contributions by way of such fashionable authors as Noel Burch, Laura Mulvey, Peter Wollen, Brian Winston and Patrick Fuery. Seminal filmmakers reminiscent of Peter Greenaway and Mike Figgis additionally give a contribution to the controversy, making this ebook a serious textual content for college students, lecturers, and autonomous filmmakers in addition to for any reader attracted to new views on tradition and film.

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