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The Direct Cinema of David and Albert Maysles Hardcover – July 13, 2005

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Jonathan B. Vogels has developed, organized, and promoted three festivals featuring the works of contemporary documentary filmmakers. A scholar of film studies and American cultural history, he received his Ph.D. in American Studies from Boston University.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press; 1st edition (July 13, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809326434
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809326433
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,757,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P. Vigil on April 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Vogels is clearly a true scholar of film. His book on the Maysles is deeply researched and gives a thoughtful analysis of the Maysles film artistry. But Dr. Vogels also clearly loves films as a true film fan. His book is filled with insights about why the films of the Maysles are worth seeing and appreciating, why the films are important reflections on American culture, and why their documentary approach reveals truths about people and their lives. Too many film books are dull recitations of facts and history, without giving any understanding of who the film makers are as people and why they make their films. Not this book. I love the films of the Maysels and this book helped me appreciate them even more. An added benefit is that Dr. Vogels is a good writer. I'd recommend this book for anyone who loves films, not just fans of the Maysels. I give it a thumbs up!
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