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Claiming the Real: The Griersonian Documentary and Its Legitimations

Claiming the Real: The Griersonian Documentary and Its Legitimations

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By (author) Brian Winston

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  • Publisher: BFI PUBLISHING
  • Format: Paperback | 301 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 235mm x 22mm | 485g
  • Publication date: 27 May 1995
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0851704646
  • ISBN 13: 9780851704647
  • Sales rank: 1,649,245

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