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Nonfiction Film : A Critical History Revised and Expanded - Richard Barsam

Nonfiction Film

A Critical History Revised and Expanded

Paperback Published: 22nd November 1992
ISBN: 9780253207067
Number Of Pages: 332

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"Richard Barsam has given us as comprehensive a study of the origins and development of the nonfiction mode in motion pictures as we are ever likely to have in one volume. He draws on all the major written sources and many which are little known, and he shares with us many eloquent descriptions of the films themselves, giving us a valuable textbook." -- Richard Dyer MacCann

..". superb work... " -- Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television

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"Richard Barsam has given us as comprehensive a study of the origins and development of the non-fiction mode in motion pictures as we are ever likely to have in one volume. He draws on all the major written sources and many which are little known, and he shares with us many eloquent descriptions of the films themselves, giving us a valuable textbook." -- Richard Dyer MacCann

(1820-1933) Foundations of the Nonfiction Film
Reality Perceived and Recordedp. 3
From Memory to Movementp. 3
Persistence of Vision: Theories and Technologiesp. 7
Still Photography
Series Photography
The Realist Impulse in Nineteenth-Century Artp. 13
The First Filmsp. 17
The First Filmsp. 17
Louis and Auguste Lumierep. 19
The Lumieres' Contribution to Technology
The Lumiere Films
The Lumieres and Thomas A. Edison
The Lumieres' Overall Contribution to the Nonfiction Film
The Factual Film After the Lumieresp. 28
The Nonfiction Film and War: 1898-1918p. 30
Before World War I
World War I: 1914-18
British and Allied Films
German War Films
U.S. Government Films about World War I
American Commercial Films about World War I
Exploration, Romanticism, and the Western Avant-Gardep. 42
Factual Films of Travel and Explorationp. 42
Film and the American West
Films about Native Americans
The American Romantic Traditionp. 46
Robert Flaherty
Merian C. Cooper and Ernest Schoedsack
The Soviet Naturalist Traditionp. 55
Alexander Dovzhenko
The Western Avant-Gardep. 57
Alberto Cavalcanti
Walther Ruttmann
Joris Ivens
The Beginnings of the Documentary Filmp. 65
Beginnings of the Soviet Propagandist Traditionp. 65
Dziga Vertov
Esther Shub and the Compilation Film
John Grierson and the Early British Documentary Filmp. 77
Empire Marketing Board Film Unit
(1933-1939) Documentary Films to Change the World
The British Documentary Movement: 1933-1945p. 89
General Post Office Film Unit Under John Grierson: 1933-37p. 89
Robert Flaherty and John Grierson: Industrial Britain (1933)
Basil Wright: The Song of Ceylon (1934)
Basil Wright and Harry Watt: Night Mail (1936)
Grierson's Influence
GPO Film Unit After John Grierson: 1937-40p. 100
The Independent Documentary Film: Production Outside the GPO Film Unitp. 104
Overall Achievements of British Documentary Film Movement in the 1930sp. 110
European and Asian Nonfiction Film: 1930-1939p. 112
Beginnings of the Film on Artp. 113
The Netherlandsp. 115
Joris Ivens
John Ferno
Belgiump. 118
Charles Dekeukeleire
Andre Cauvin
Henri Storck
Swedenp. 121
Denmarkp. 122
Spainp. 122
Germanyp. 122
Organization of the Nazi Propaganda Film Effort
Nazi Ideology
Prewar Nazi Propaganda Films
Leni Riefenstahl
Triumph of the Will (1935)
Olympia (1938)
Japanp. 133
Indiap. 134
Chinap. 135
American Nonfiction Film: 1930-1939p. 137
Beginnings of the American Film on Artp. 137
Robert Flaherty: The Romantic Tradition Continuesp. 139
Man of Aran (1934)
Joris Ivens: The European Political Documentary Comes to Americap. 142
American Film on the Left: 1930-42p. 146
The Workers' Film and Photo League of America (1930-35)
Nykino (1935-37)
Frontier Film Group (1936-42)
Native Land (1942)
Pare Lorentzp. 151
The Plow That Broke the Plains (1936)
The River (1937)
The United States Film Service
The Fight for Life (1940)
Robert Flaherty and The Land (1942)
Screen Journalismp. 162
American Newsreel During the 1930s
"The March of Time" (1935-51)
"This is America" (1942-51)
Willard Van Dykep. 166
The City (1939)
(1939-1945) Nonfiction Films for World War II
British Films for World War IIp. 173
Organizing for War-Film Productionp. 175
Concerns of British Wartime Filmsp. 178
Domestic Defense
Wartime Living Conditions
Training Films for Civilians and the Armed Forces
Farming, Gardening, Food, and Nutrition
Wartime Industry
Britain and the Sea
Labor, Women, and Youth
Anti-Enemy Propaganda
Combat Films
Envisioning the Postwar World
Grierson and the National Film Board of Canadap. 196
European and Asian Films for World War IIp. 200
Axis Filmsp. 200
The Nazi Propaganda Film
Wartime Nazi Propaganda Films
Films about Germany
Films about the Enemy
Anti-Axis Filmsp. 207
French Cinema of the Occupation and Resistancep. 211
Vichy Government Propaganda Films
Films of the French Resistance
American Films for World War IIp. 216
American Propaganda and Counterpropaganda for World War IIp. 218
United States Office of War Information
Frank Capra: Military Training and Civilian Information Films
The "Why We Fight" Series
Incentive Films
Combat Films
John Ford
John Huston
Films on the Effects of War
(1945-1960) Nonfiction Films After World War II
British Nonfiction Film after World War IIp. 241
Great Britain After the Warp. 241
The British Film Industry
The Continuing Documentary Tradition
British Free Cinema: 1956-59p. 249
European, Asian, and Canadian Nonfiction Film after World War IIp. 255
Europep. 255
Films on Art
Films on Domestic Subjects
Films on Colonial Subjects
Films on Art
Alain Resnais
Georges Franju
Films on Art
Other European Films
Asiap. 270
Canadap. 272
The National Film Board of Canada
American Nonfiction Film after World War IIp. 276
Postwar Government Film Productionp. 277
The United States Information Agency
Television Documentaryp. 280
Postwar Independent Film Productionp. 281
Robert Flaherty and Louisiana Story (1948)
Independent Films of the 1950s
Urban Life
Random Observations of American Life
Ethnographic Film Records of Foreign Cultures
Films on Art
Film Biographies
Documenting War
(1960-1985) Continuing Traditions and New Directions
American Renaissance in the 1960s: The New Nonfiction Filmp. 299
Cinema Verite and Direct Cinemap. 300
Cinema Verite: Historical and Theoretical Origins
Cinema Verite and Direct Cinema: A Comparison and Contrast
American Direct Cinemap. 304
Major Direct Cinema Filmmakers and Films
Robert Drew
Richard Leacock
Donn Alan Pennebaker
American Nonfiction Film Outside the Direct Cinema Movementp. 310
National Politics, Elections, and Leaders
Justice and Civil Rights
National Defense
Native Americans
Foreign Subjects
Canadian Filmp. 323
Canadian Arts, Culture, and Personalities
Human Relationships
Political Conscience
Tradition and Change in the 1970sp. 329
New American and European Masters of the Nonfiction Filmp. 329
Albert and David Maysles
Frederick Wiseman
Emile De Antonio
Louis Malle
Marcel Ophuls
American Independent Filmmakingp. 349
British and European Independent Filmmakingp. 351
American and European Films on Artp. 353
American Films on Art
European Films on Art
New Voices of the 1980sp. 357
Issues Shaping Nonfiction Film in the 1980sp. 357
Liberation Filmmakingp. 361
Films by and about Women
Films by Lesbians and Gay Men
Nonfiction Film in Third World and Non-Western Countriesp. 370
East and Southeast Asia
Latin America
The Middle East and Africa
Afterword: One Hundred Years of Nonfiction Filmp. 375
Legacy of the 1980sp. 375
Developing Technologiesp. 377
Financing and Distributionp. 377
Film Theory and Criticismp. 378
Notesp. 381
Works Citedp. 423
Index of Film Titlesp. 441
Index of Namesp. 467
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780253207067
ISBN-10: 0253207061
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 332
Published: 22nd November 1992
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.34 x 16.82  x 2.44
Weight (kg): 0.76
Edition Number: 2

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