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This PowerPoint presentation is used in my Intro to Film class in conjunction with the first half of Chapter Ten in Bordwell and Thompson's Film Art: An Introduction

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  • 1. DOCUMENTARY CINEMA THFM 1610: INTRODUCTION TO FILM DR. ROSALIND SIBIELSKI, BOWING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY

2. There are 3 basic types of movies Narrative Documentary Experimental (Avant-Garde) What separates them: Industrial context in which they are produced, distributed, & exhibited How they use the formal elements of film to present content to viewers The purpose in making the film CATEGORIES OF CINEMA 3. Subject matter = examination of real-world people, events, or issues Made to educate, inform, and/or persuade audiences about subject Unscripted Success measured in terms of trustworthiness of information/sources DOCUMENTARY CINEMA 4. Produced for commercial distribution/exhibition mostly independently, but sometimes with financial support from movie studio or TV network Limited Theatrical release Primary exhibition venues = festivals and TV Small demand in ancillary markets outside of television INDUSTRIAL CONTEXT 5. Documentaries do not simply record reality ALL documentaries make use of filmmaking techniques to re-present reality in a particular way that is meant to convince us to adopt the POV of the documentary towards its subject Mediation = the way that form influences our interpretation of content DOCUMENTARY BIAS 6. Compilation Film Interview (or Talking Heads) Documentary Direct Cinema/ Cinema Vrit Documentary Nature Documentary Portrait Documentary Synthetic Documentary DOCUMENTARY GENRES 7. EXAMPLE 1 How To Survive a Plague (David France, 2012) 8. March of the Penguins (Luc Jaquet, 2005) EXAMPLE 2 9. Man on Wire (James Marsh, 2008) EXAMPLE 3 10. The Story of Film: An Odyssey, Episode 1 (Mark Cousins, 2011) EXAMPLE 4 11. Waltz With Bashir (Ari Folsom, 2008) EXAMPLE 5