Documentary: A History of the Non-fiction Film. Front Cover · Erik (Professor Emeritus of Dramatic Arts Barnouw, Columbia University), Erik Barnouw, Formerly. Now brought completely up to date, the new edition of this classic work on documentary films and filmmaking surveys the history of the genre from to the. Review: Documentary: A History of the Non-Fiction Film. User Review – Inggita – Goodreads. the ultimate documentary film reference guide. a.

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Practitioners of other arts re-examined their own roles, assailed cinema, staked out new posi- tions for themselves, developed isms to fortify them, appropriated ele- ments from cinema, wrote manifestos. Learn more about Amazon Prime. And while documen- tary items in most countries outnumbered fiction films as late asthe mix was changing.

Sherwood said of Nanook- of the North: Symphony of the Donbas Entuziazm: Thus nontiction French astronomer Pierre Jules Cesar Janssen wanted a record of Venus ihstory across the sun, an event of 1 Placed meticulously in proper time context along with footage of war, strikes, munitions assembly lines, arrests of troublemakers, breadlines, the “counterrevolutionary film” proved to have powerful pro-revolutionary impact.

Prospecting trips to Hudson Bay were, for the duration, out of the question. Oxford University Press, The events of propelled him into a wider range of roles: His first contacts with primitive people came early, and were dismaying.


Throughout the world new enterprises sprang up. Another was Felix Mesguich, an Al- gerian youth just completing military service with the Zouaves.

Lumiere had been in a neck-and-neck race with other men working on cameras and projectors. Jan 07, Dave rated it really liked it.

Documentary: A History of the Non-Fiction Film

In any event, the local items were often the high spot of the run: Within moments his entire negative— 30, baarnouw of film— was exploding into flames before his eyes. Glimpse of Wonders Prophet 2. King, Tsar, Kaiser, Em- peror, Maharajah had readily played their part in launching the won- der of the century— and had meanwhile tended to become infatuated with it, not only permitting but expecting film coverage.

Halted many days by blizzards, eri, huddled in an igloo as its dome grew black with smoke and dripped black drops. Good read on documentary filmmaking.

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But then again you need Deirdre to tell you the complete stories, Nanook and all. The hostory was scarcely thought about. View all 4 comments.

The cine-club was in part a protest against the commer- cialism of cinema; even more, a recognition of its power over men. Used – Very Good. For the wandering operators, improvisation became a habit. But his views also had sup- port—some of it in high places. He is looking to bring them out in the best way. Young Flaherty was sent to prospect.


The military, after initial suspicions and hostility, became as cooperative as royalty. While I understand this wasn’t the purpose of the book, I do wish Barnouw would have gone beyond focusing mostly on Great Individuals or generic looks at movements and explored industrial, economic, political, etc.

During his work there he acquired a primitive telephoto lens.

Stalin was as interested as Lenin in cinema, but was more intent on control. For the three years the combination of civil war and foreign intervention con- tinued; blockade, hunger, chaos tore the land. It had moments of humor, rare in Ruttman.

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When I started my bioscope shows in Singapore inlittle documen- tary films I got from London helped me a lot in attracting people. They were answered with a form letter, stating that a date for the sale of equipment had not been set. And the final emphasis was not on what they had endured but— in a brash display of egotism— on the heroic accomplishment of the film makers. Then a visit to Brussels and its cine- club— the first in Belgium— showed him films of other kinds.

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