Documentary display : re-viewing nonfiction film and video.

By: Beattie, Keith, 1954-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Wallflower, 2008Description: vii, 187 pages ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9781905674725.Subject(s): Film, Television and Radio | Documentary films-History and criticism | Documentary filmsDDC classification: 791.43655BEA
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Not all documentary films and videos are sober depictions of the real world. Documentary representations can present expressive, entertaining and spectacular images. This book examines such innovative approaches as they occur within the process of "documentary display"--a practice which emphasizes the visual attractions of documentary representation. Works of documentary display explore modes of exhibitionistic "showing" in which sensation is frequently the vehicle of cognition and knowledge. Such a display is analyzed within the popular and prominent forms of found-footage film, "rockumentary", the city film, nonfiction surf film and video and certain views of natural science topics. This accessible and informed study, with its focus on entertaining, popular, spectacular and sensational forms of representation, makes an important contribution to theoretical analyses of documentary film and video.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Acknowledgements (p. xi)
  • Introduction (p. 1)
  • Chapter 1 Show and Tell: Revealing Documentary Display (p. 9)
  • Chapter 2 The Corporeal and the Urban: From City Symphony to Global City Film (p. 32)
  • Chapter 3 Direct Cinema and Performance: It's Not Only Rock and Roll (p. 59)
  • Chapter 4 Found-Footage Film and History: Seeing Double (p. 82)
  • Chapter 5 Nonfiction Surf Film and Video: Sick, Filthy and Delirious (p. 108)
  • Chapter 6 Natural Science Film: From Microcinema to IMAX (p. 129)
  • Afterword (p. 151)
  • Notes (p. 155)
  • Bibliography (p. 166)
  • Index (p. 182)