Documentary: A History of the Non-fiction Film. Front Cover · Erik (Professor Emeritus of Dramatic Arts Barnouw, Columbia University), Erik Barnouw, Formerly. Now brought completely up to date, the new edition of this classic work on documentary films and filmmaking surveys the history of the genre from to the. Review: Documentary: A History of the Non-Fiction Film. User Review – Inggita – Goodreads. the ultimate documentary film reference guide. a.

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Manufacturing meth- ods had been developed, and Lumiere now ordered more. Pile Driving— Washington Navy Yard, He ended where he had begun, but no longer writing manifestos or polemics.

Documentary: A History of the Non-Fiction Film

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. To be sure, they welcomed and even sought these dangers, and this suggests the kind of dedication they came to share with Flaherty. Doublier proceeded to satisfy it with footage that originally had no connection with Dreyfus. It was a reckless notion.

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He placed a series of cam- eras—at first twelve, later several times that many— side by side along a track. With programs in the Lumiere pattern, they carried the film to rural fairgrounds throughout Europe, and o to distant colonial tthe.

When the people of Safune realized that Flaherty did not want to film them in the clothes the missionaries and traders had brought them, they were surprised and then deeply moved. Flaherty wanted to make a film in the Soviet Union about one or another primitive tribe in Siberia, but he received no encouragement from Soviet officials. Nanook, grinning over the gramophone, testing a gramophone disc with his teeth, looks at the camera as though for agreement and approval; his child, tasting castor oil, shares his pleasure with a smile to the camera.


Choose your country or region Close. Ever-loving Nanook, Though you don’t read a book, But, oh, how you can love, And thrill me like the twinkling northern lights above. An indispensable reference and a worthy text for any course on the subject.

The repertorial documentary pioneered by Vertov attracted other Russian film makers of the ‘s and resulted in some masterworks. One of his first suggestions was a walrus hunt, done as in former days, before the explorers came.

It was, he felt, too much a travelogue— “a scene of this and that, no relation, no thread. Inhe produced a documentary entitled, “Hiroshima-Nagasaki, August, ” about the atomic bombs set off there.

In this we see a train approach, from long-shot to close-up. Starting in February in London, an avalanche of foreign cinema- tographe premieres began. A different kind of faker y was exemplified by a project of Dou- blier, who in continued his travels in Russia— no longer for Lumiere, but under the auspices of producer Ivan Grunwald.

They had delegated arrangements for this premiere to their father, Antoine, who was glad to emerge-from semi-retirement for the cere- monial occasion. The world outdoors— which offered no lighting problems, at least during the day— became its habitat. Another remarkable achievement in journalistic documentary, of special interest because it represented early Soviet observation abroad, was Yakov Blyokh’s Shanghai Document Shanghaisky Dokument, A very accessible, readable history of documentaries.

Sponsored by Gaumont, the material began to reach – theater screens with enormous non-fictipn in 19 Hale’s Tours units were operated in many cities of America and Europe. References to this book Representing Reality: We hope the result will seem, to some extent, to have justified their patient help to two wanderers with an excessive docu- mentary appetite. First to see it was a group from Paramount. For the camera Nanook and his family went to sleep and awoke “with all the cold of out-of-doors pouring in.


But finally the Pathe organization- like Revillon, of French origin— accepted the film for distribution and was able to open it at the important Capitol theater in New York on June 11, — with immediate success. Having seen a Muybridge galloping-horse projection, Marey wanted to do similar work with bird-flight, non-tiction birds could hardly be made fil trip a series of threads on a pre-selected route.

InBarnouw went to work for the Library of Congress as a film and television expert, and created it’s broadcasting and motion picture division, becoming it’s first chief. A remarkable fact about this small box— a trim hardwood item of much elegance— was that it could with easy adjustments be changed into a projector, and also into a printing machine. His immediate response was the organizing of the Ostende cine-club, for which he recruited local painters, sculptors, writers, musicians, while seeking advice from other cine-clubs.

It was often the one program item touching the historical moment.

One ex- ecutive explained that the public was not interested in Eskimos; it preferred people in dress suits. All our equipment was confiscated and we never saw our precious camera again.