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Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary


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  • Actors: Albert Maysles, Errol Morris, Alanis Obomsawin
  • Directors: Pepita Ferrari
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: FIRST RUN FEATURES
  • DVD Release Date: October 20, 2009
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002HOP43K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,047 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary" on IMDb

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FEATURE: Approx 90 minutes
BONUS DISK: Approx 4 hours

From cinema-verite pioneers Albert Maysles and Joan Churchill to maverick moviemakers like Errol Morris, Werner Herzog and Nick Broomfield, some of the doc world's brightest lights reflect upon the unique power of the genre in CAPTURING REALITY: THE ART OF DOCUMENTARY.

Featuring intimate interviews with 38 directors and 163 film clips from classics such as Grey Gardens and The Thin Blue Line, as well as arresting recent work such as Darwin's Nightmare, Touching the Void and One Day in September, Capturing Reality offers insight into myriad aspects of the complex creative process. Deftly charting the documentarian's journey, director Pepita Ferrari fashions this kaleidoscopic mix into her own engaging narrative, while probing the perennially contested status of the 'truth.' Can film capture reality?

Featuring 38 Legendary Filmmakers including: WERNER HERZOG, ERROL MORRIS, KEVIN MACDONALD, HEDDY HONIGMANN, NICK BROOMFIELD, ALBERT MAYSLES, PATRICIO GUZMAN, LAURA POITRAS, JENNIFER BAICHWAL, JOAN CHURCHILL, ALANIS OBOMSAWIN, JENNIFER FOX, SCOTT HICKS, HUBERT SAUPER, SABIHA SUMAR, PETER WINTONICK, JESSICA YU and many more!

Review

Real life is so much more interesting than anything you can make up. --Kevin Macdonald, director of One Day in September, Touching the Void & The Last King of Scotland

A fascinating and authoritative record... the list of participants reads like a who's who of the documentary world. --International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam

Featuring 38 of the greatest names in documentary talking about every aspect of their creative process, punctuated by clips from their films, Capturing Reality has great value as an education tool -- and as a validation for why we do this in the first place. --Thomas White, documentary.org

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Steve Ramm TOP 50 REVIEWER on October 11, 2009
Format: DVD
This is another class act from the National Film Board of Canada, which is continually winning awards for the quality of its productions. Director Pepita Ferrari interviewed 38 well-known documentarians for the core 97-minute film. You'll know a few like Errol Morris and Albert Maysles and you've probably seen a few of films covered, such as "Touching the Void". After watching this you'll probably head to your local video store (or Amazon) to seek out some more. The 163 film clips includes are just teasers.

I was thrilled to see that French Director Jean-Xavier de Lestrade was included. His two English language films - made for HBO - "Murder on a Sunday Morning" and "The Staircase" are two of my all-time favorites and I wanted to know more about him. (See my reviews of these films elsewhere on Amazon). The bonus features consist of additional interview segments and can be searched by topic or by the director's name. There's almost four hours worth! I did find the navigation of these segments a bit hard to maneuver but that was the only thing I found to be lacking in the DVD.

If you love watching documentaries, this is a DVD you must see. It explains both the thought process and the differing opinions among the filmmakers as to whether music is necessary and whether its appropriate to dramatize certain scenes. If you are new to the genre - maybe you have only seen hits like "Grey Gardens" or "Hoop Dreams" or "The Thin Blue Line" - consider this a starting place to explore further.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Thomas J. Murray on March 22, 2010
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The DVD is arranged by topics with various individuals giving their perspective. Also included are conversations with filmmakers about their work and approach to making documentary film. It should be noted that this is produced by a Canadian group so filmmakers are largely from Canada. I think it offers a good insight into the way people approach their work leading you to learn that creating your own style is important. I would definitely recommend the DVDs for anyone serious interested in making documentaries.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By indovision on January 11, 2012
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I thought this dvd was reasonable but not really what I was looking for. I wanted something for my Film Studies students and although it has one or two useful comments in it, mainly, it's about the experience of filming rather than the technique of film. One or two nuggets of good advice and that's it. But, nevertheless, some interesting comments about the film making process.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Vonaltenburg on March 16, 2010
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If you are thinking of covering a topic or are already doing so, you have to realize that you have a big responsibility to your audience and subject. This DVD takes you to those men and women that do make docs, and they tell us about being out in field, how they handle real situations, and how they capture events. This is very good for getting a grip on just what it means to tell someone's story, or to record an event. All story tellers have to show respect to those they record or tell about. The footage here is great too.
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