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A movie that aims to inform viewers about truths or facts.
Moving nonfiction snapshots of real people and events.
Optical Sound Recording
A sound recording process that converts sound waves into electrical impulses that then control how a light beam is projected onto film.
Political documentaries that visibly support, and intend to sway viewers toward, a particular social or political issue or group.
"Cinema truth" was achieved through the use of lightweight cameras to record daily life and public events.
Confrontational; Acknowledges presence of camera/filmmaker.
American version, aims to capture unfolding events as unobtrusively as possible. Unscripted; no reenactments, narration, or interviewing.
AIDS Activist Video
Collective Testing the Limits, as part of the democratization of documentary that would continue with the rapid shift to digital formats.
The ratio of footage shot to footage used in the film.
Present factual descriptions of actual events, persons, or places, rather than their fictional or invented re-creation.
Eschew or deemphasize stories and narratives, instead employing other forms like lists, repetition, or contrasts as their organizational structure.
Present a series of contrasts or oppositions meant to indicate the different points of view on its subject.
Places, objects, individuals, or experiences are presented through a pattern that has a non-narrative logic or structure but still follows a logic of change or progression.
(Organizational Points of View)
Shape their formal practices according to certain perspectives and attitudes.
Announce or suggest that the film's driving perspective is a scientific search into particular social, psychological, or physical phenomena.
Interrogative (Analytical) Positions
Rhetorically structure a movie in a way that identifies the subject as being under investigation - either through an implicit or explicit question-and-answer format or by other, more subtle, techniques.
Follows the unpredictable actions and reflections of two hit men.
Investigates the confusion of human identity, violence, and ethics at the end of the 20th century.
What is Grizzly Man
A film about a man intent on protecting grizzly bears in the Alaskan wilderness.
Directed Grizzly Man
A set of approaches drawn from the humanities and social sciences that looks at the role of cinema in the everyday lives of people at specific historical points or in particular social contexts.
Focuses explicitly on how a film is received by audiences.
Explores the values built into film technology through the particular context of its historical development.
In the arts, the term "mimesis" refers to
The imitation of reality.
A method of analysis that that considers a film's structure to be primary in creating meaning.
Considers words and images as different kinds of signs or ways of making meaning.
Psychoanalytic models of film theory place primary emphasis on what?
Use theatrical staging in order to represent a presumably true or real event.
The technique of recreating or theatrically staging a presumably true event.
What is not a rhetorical position of documentary films?
To create a new story based on historical facts.
Films that use documentary style to present and stage fictional, often humorous realities.
In Cinema Verite,
Real objects, people, and events are filmed in a confrontational way, exposing objective and subjective truths of the subjects and acknowledging the filmmaker's involvement as interlocutor.
Documentary Film is defined as?
A film intended to represent presumed truths, actual events, and real experiences.
John Grierson's first film was about...?
North Sea herring fishermen
Which term best describes a type of film that examines peoples and cultures as social activities?
Who is Leni Riefenstahl?
A Nazi filmmaker, a woman, and a master director of propaganda films.
Variation of early nonfiction films that offered remarkable images of nature or foreign lands.