Re: Film Group leads (doc books)

From: 40 Frames (email suppressed)
Date: Sat Dec 30 2006 - 14:00:40 PST

> On Dec 30, 2006, at 10:22 AM, Jonathan Kahana wrote:
>> woefully under-acknowledged in standard accounts of nonfiction film
>> history.
> There is very little good written history of non-fiction film. In
> fact, no book really comes to mind -- maybe G. Roy Levin's
> "Documentary Explorations" because it was new and filled with
> interviews with filmmakers I hadn't yet met when it came out 35 years
> ago -- but what else? Barnouw's three-part history of broadcasting
> is great, but the one-part consolidated version is awful. Mamber's
> "Cinema Verite in America" is ok, but a bit dated. He does write
> about the great film "Elizabeth and Mary" which Pennebaker made for
> medical study in '64 or so. No one writes about William Klein's
> great "Ali" film, oddly enough. (The B&W part, which was a film by
> itself before the color section was added.)
> There are of course some self-serving and just-plain-bad books -- all
> of Rosenthal's books come to mind, and a certain book about personal
> non-fiction film that I have already trashed enough on Frameworks as
> an excellent imitation of Stalinist revisionism.

There is Bill Nichols writing on the subject, Renov's The Subject of
Documentary and Theorizing Documentary, as well as other books in the
Visual Evidence Series (U of Minnesota Press).... Cine-Ethnography
(Rouch), Zimmerman's States of Emergency, the book on de Antonio, An
American Family, Japanese Documentary Film. Some ethnographic film books
getting onto the work of Gardner, Marshall, Asch, et al.


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