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Documenting the Documentary: Close Readings of Documentary Film and Video Paperback – September 1, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0814326398 ISBN-10: 0814326390

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Wayne State University Press (September 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814326390
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814326398
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Documenting the Documentary features essays on important documentaries by 27 film scholars from a wide range of critical and theoretical perspectives.

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"Documenting the Documentary" features essays by 27 film scholars from a wide range of critical and theoretical perspectives. Each essay focuses on one or two important documentaries, engaging in questions surrounding ethics, ideology, politics, power, race, gender, and representation—but always in terms of how they arise out of or are involved in the reading of specific documentaries as particular textual constructions. By closely reading documentaries as rich visual works, this anthology fills a void in the critical writing on documentaries, which tends to privilege production over aesthetic pleasure. As we increasingly perceive and comprehend the world through visual media , understanding the textual strategies by which individual documentaries are organized has become critically important. "Documenting the Documentary" offers clear, serious, and insightful analyses of documentary films, and is a welcome balance between theory and criticism, abstract conceptualization and concrete analysis.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barbara F. Veitch on January 10, 2013
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This was another book I bought for a masters class and while a few of the books were somewhat dry, this one was really great. If you like watching documentaries, this will give you soooo much insight into the subtle ways that a documentary sways opinion.....and if you like MAKING documentaries or reality films (or home movies for that matter) this is a MUST read.
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