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The Cinema of Robert Gardner

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ISBN-10: 1845207742
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'Gardner transmits the sensation of the deep and literate gaze, and does so with an intensity that passes from the documentary into the visionary.'Seamus Heaney'Gardner's camera scans with precision and feels with sympathy-the objectivity of an anthropologist, the fraternity of a poet.'Octavio Paz

About the Author

Ilisa Barbash is Associate Curator of Visual Anthropology at the Peabody Museum, Harvard University. Her film works (all co-directed with Lucien Taylor) include Made in U.S.A. (1990), a film about sweatshops and child labor in the Los Angeles garment industry, and In and Out of Africa (1992), a video about authenticity, taste, and racial politics in the transnational African art market. Lucien Taylor is Director of the Media Anthropology Laboratory, Associate Director of the Film Study Center, and Assistant Professor of Visual and Environmental Studies, and of Anthropology, at Harvard University. Taylor's films include Made in U.S.A. (1990) and In and Out of Africa (1992), both co-directed with Barbash.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (December 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845207742
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845207748
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.5 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,527,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is all too revealing that this book has several pages describing the "eminent anthropologists, philosophers, film theorists, and fellow artists" who contributed essays to the work, listing their degrees, academic titles, university affiliations, selected publications, and major artistic works, including their films.

But, oddly, for a book titled "The Cinema of Robert Gardner" no filmography of the cinema of Robert Gardner, no bibliography of his books, and no biography of Gardner

It's the sort of book that will be all too familiar to anyone who has ever served time as a graduate student in the social sciences: two editors, fifteen contributors, and lots of long sentences piled high with qualifiers and attributions. Stuff like this: "This is an anthropology that foregrounds the phenomenological priority of embodiment in our apprehension of the world, as the existential condition of possibility of both self and culture. (p. 9)" It's a book by academics for academics.

Robert Gardner is a landmark figure in the evolution of documentary film. He deserves better than this.

You can read my complete review of this book for the magazine of the International Documentary Association at [...]
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