Claiming the Real

Claiming the Real : The Griersonian Documentary and Its Legitimations

By (author) Brian Winston

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This work rewrites the history of documentary film to take account of technological change. Winston explores the role of such figures as Grierson, Flaherty and Dziga Vertov, and examines both the principles and practice of the major movements in documentary, such as "cinema verite". He offers a revised definition of the essential difference between fiction and documentary, and identifies the ethical base of any film practice which attempts to capture "truth".

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  • Paperback | 301 pages
  • 152.4 x 231.1 x 23.9mm | 467.21g
  • 27 May 1995
  • British Film Institute
  • BFI PUBLISHING
  • London
  • English
  • 0851704646
  • 9780851704647
  • 1,769,852

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"This is a particularly thorough and emphatic critique, which challenges realist aspirations at every point."--New Statesman

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