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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For the camera Nanook and his family went to sleep and awoke “with all the cold of out-of-doors pouring in. Unabashed condescension and amusement marked their attitude to- ward natives. Vertov was sure what the antidote must be. Pointing to the countless pebbles on the beach, he told Nanook that people in such numbers, far southward, would see the Inuit— “we the people,” as they called themselves— in actions they had filmed together.

The editing process was un- doubtedly helped by Flaherty’s experience and dissatisfactions with the earlier film.

This time he had been able to anticipate editing prob- lems, providing crucial close-ups, reverse angles, and a few panoramic movements and tilts to yield moments of revelation. His concern now was not to produce an expose, but to celebrate what he valued.

The ultimate in commercial accolade came from the Broadway docuentary world with the appearance of the song Nanook: He later described his mother as in tears over them. He knew now how he must proceed. The run began quietly, with little advance notice, but soon queues waited at every performance. He too learned to project the results on a screen. Louis and Auguste did not attend.


From a near-by roof Ffilm watched in horror. At first, as in Janssen’s camera, the photos were successive images on the same glass plate; but in he switched tne strips of photographic paper and the following year to nonfictoin strips, putting forty images on one strip.

The subject matter might be “prose” but the treatment was lively, vigorous, sometimes witty. The paper strips survived the nitrate films; much of our knowledge of early films is based on new negatives made in recent years from these paper strips.


None of these functions can be neatly separated. We hope the result will seem, to some extent, to have justified their patient help to two wanderers with an excessive docu- mentary appetite. Glimpse of Wonders 1 Prophet 3 2. Trade paperback, pp. Montclair Book Center Condition: Many observers felt that he influenced fiction films of the ‘s, in that his work and polemics helped to turn them away from earlier artificialities.

He had reasons for doing so. Illustrated Catalogue of Photographic Lenses and Cameras free on application.

Monsieur l’Ambassadeur des Rebelles, 7. Thus the French astronomer Pierre Jules Cesar Janssen wanted a record of Venus passing across the sun, an event of 1 Audiences do not know, for the moment, the purpose of the “one thing more. Many Lumiere films were shown under a number of different titles; the French titles here used are as they appeared in Lumiere catalogues.

In One Sixth of the World a long series of short, intermittent subtitles form a continuing apostrophe, in a style reminiscent of Walt 60 Documentary One Sixth of the World, From inside the book.


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All this facili- tated access to official functions and clinched other permissions, but the film men paid a price. As the documentary entered a period of decline and seemed headed for oblivion, the documentarist-as-explorer showed the clearest signs of continuing vitality.

Painter All the arts were shaken by the rise of film. Concealed camera positions were used to catch moments in marketplaces, factories, schools, taverns, streets.

Canada had de- cided on a railroad to carry wheat from its western lands to Hudson Bay, for shipment to Europe.

I, a machine, show you a world such as only I can see. Flaherty had spent on Nanook of the North approximately cilm the amount.

Documentary: A History of the Non-Fiction Film by Erik Barnouw

This dampness prevented our reels of lovingly edited film from sticking together properly, rusted our scissors and our splicers. The World War had choked off production in France— the prewar leader— and had almost halted it in England and Italy.

Latin America was opened by operators Porta and Tax. But his views also had sup- port—some of it in high places.