In the first coprehensive introduction to the nature and development of ethnographic film, Peter Loizos reviews fifty of the most important films made between 1955 and 1985. Going beyond programmatic statements, he analyzes the films themselves, identifying and discussing their contributions to ethnographic documentation.
Loizos begins by reviewing works of John Marshall and Timothy Asch in the 1950s and moves through those of Jean Rouch, Robert Gardner, and many more recent filmmakers. He reveals a steady course of innovations along four dimensions: production technology, subject matter, strategies of argument, and ethnographic authentication. His analyses of individual films address questions of realism, authenticity, genre, authorial and subjective voice, and representation of the films' creators as well as their subjects.
"Innovation in Ethnographic Film," as a systematic and iluminating review of developments in ethnographic film, will be an important resource for the growing number of anthropologists and other scholars who use such films as tools for research and teaching.
|List of Figures Preface|
|Innovation in ethnographic film, 1955-85 Documentary films Ethnographic documentary films Realism Innovations|
|For the record: documentation filming from innocent realism to self-consciousness The difficulties in documentation Marshall's !Kung/San Films The Yanomami films of Asch and Chagnon Australian documentation initiatives Trobriand Cricket The Jero Tapakan Project|
|Challenging documentation-realism: three early experiments by Jean Rouch Moi, Un Noir La Pyramide humaine Chronique d'un eacute;teacute; Conclusion|
|Constructions from real lives: biographies and portraits Imaginero Lorang's Way: A Turkana Man N!ai: the story of a !Kung woman Celso and Cora Amir: An Afghan refugee musician's life in Peshawar, Pakistan Conclusion|
|Complex constructions with subjective voices: East Africa, 1971-76 The MacDougalls' background To Live with Herds: A dry season among the Jie The Wedding Camels: A Turkana marriage Demanding texts Maragoli|
|The Loita Maasai films: televised culture Documentation of a culture Masai Women Masai Manhood The Woman's Olamal: The Social Organization of a Maasai Fertility Ceremony|
|Robert Gardner in Tahiti, or the rejection of realism Gardner's formation Dead Birds Rivers of Sand Deep Hearts Forest of Bliss Conclusion|
|Complex constructions with subjective voices: Australia, 1972-80 Coniston Muster: scenes from a stockman's life Mourning for MangatopiandGoodbye, Old Man The House Opening Waiting for Harry The challenge to AIAS ethnographic films Epilogue|
|The Gouml;ttingen Institute for Scientific Films|
|The Diary of a Maasai Village|
|Nichols on pornography and ethnography|
|References Film references|
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Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st January 1993
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0 x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 2