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Film&Media History (6)

by: Heidi Hilts

Film&Media History (6) FMS 2023

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Heidi Hilts
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These notes are over documentary history from week 6
Film and Media History: 1960 - present
Caetlin Benson-Allott
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Film, film and media, film history
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Heidi Hilts on Monday March 7, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to FMS 2023 at University of Oklahoma taught by Caetlin Benson-Allott in Winter 2016. Since its upload, it has received 28 views. For similar materials see Film and Media History: 1960 - present in Film at University of Oklahoma.


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Date Created: 03/07/16
Film and Media History 1960 – present Week 6 notes 2/23/16  Define documentary o Audio visual evidence towards an argument o Nonfiction  The Art of Non-Fiction, Robert Greene o “The art of non-fiction lies in the tension of chaos and structure.”  Doc film 1895-1940s o Term coined in 1926 by filmmaker/critic John Grierson  “the creative treatment of actuality”  1895-1900: “actualities”  Even earliest actualities had arguments  1920s: ethnographic  Graphy – representation of  1920s – 1960s: newsreels  1930s – 1940s: propagandist films  1950s – 1960s: questioning art form  Night and Fog (Alan Resnais 1955) o What if documentary can’t impose structure on chaos? Do some realities exceed representation? o Historical o 10 years after WWII o Written by poet and survivor Jean Cayrol o Original footage of Auchwitz and Majdanek along with newsreels, archival footage, and commercial films o Limit to the power of representation  1958-1963: direct cinema/cinema direct  Observational, fly on the wall approach o Robert Drew – goal to capture without intruding  1-2 people unobtrusive, capturing the moment  Reaction against 40s propaganda  Handheld cinematography made possible by lighter cameras  Direct sound made possible by lighter magnetic tape recording o U.S.  Journalism  Long term shots  Emphasis on narrative  Make subjects performativity a part of the film o France (cinema verite)  Filmmakers acknowledged as active intruders, even provacateurs  Involved in, even excite drama  Focuses on everyday people and psychodynamics rather than celebrity o Grey Gardens, Albert and David Maylses, US, 1975  Among most famous direct documentarians 2/25/16 Reassemblage  Symbols o Fire, women, power, burden o Dead animals o Underdeveloped  Documentary is usually not symbolic  Trinh T. Minh-ha wants us to think critically about what we are viewing instead of accepting it as being truth because truth is subjective  Many jumpcuts because of indecision on what is most important to film – questioning representations  Silence used to force you to examine yourself o Assumptions about consistent music and happiness in African villages o Wakes us up to colonial fantasies 1980s on: the New Documentary  “Coincident with the hunger for documentary truth is the clear sense that this truth is subject to manipulation and construction by docu-auteurs who whether on camera or behind, are forcefully calling the shots” Linda Williams “Mirrors with Memories”  The Thin Blue Line (Errol Morris, US, 1988) o Engage symbolism o Cinematic recreation


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