Imagining Reality: The Faber Book of Documentary

Imagining Reality: The Faber Book of Documentary

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By (author) Kevin Macdonald, By (author) Mark Cousins

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  • Publisher: FABER & FABER
  • Format: Paperback | 480 pages
  • Dimensions: 134mm x 210mm x 38mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2005
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0571225144
  • ISBN 13: 9780571225149
  • Illustrations note: 25 b&w photographs
  • Sales rank: 218,557

Product description

Oscar-winning documentary-maker Kevin Macdonald ("One Day in September", "Touching the Void") and leading broadcaster/historian Mark Cousins ("The Story of Film") offer an expanded, revised edition of their 'definitive, inspirational' (Independent) compendium on the roots and history of the documentary film. "Imagining Reality" celebrates documentary as a vibrant, polemical, experimental and entertaining form, by gathering a wide-ranging collection of writings by and about such groundbreaking documentary-makers as Vertov, Flaherty, Marcel Ophuls, Chris Marker, Kieslowski, Claude Lanzmann and Nick Broomfield. The story is carried up to date by attention to the success documentaries have had among mainstream movie audiences in recent years, including Michael Moore's "Bowling For Columbine" and "Fahrenheit 9/11", "The Buena Vista Social Club", "Capturing the Friedmans", "Etre Et Avoir", "The Fog Of War" and "Super Size Me".

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Kevin Macdonald is the Oscar-winning director of One Day in September, Into the Void, The Last King of Scotland, State of Play and Eagle of the Ninth. He has written a biography of his grandfather, Emeric Pressburger, and is the co-editor with Mark Cousins of Imagining Reality: The Faber Book of Documentary. Mark Cousins is a broadcaster, historian and film critic, the author of The Story of Film and Widescreen: Watching. Real. People. Elsewhere. He writes regularly for the film magazine Prospect and is an honorary lecturer in film, media and journalism at the University of Stirling.