Claiming the Real

Claiming the Real : The Griersonian Documentary and Its Legitimations

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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 x 235 x 22mm | 485g
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0851704646
  • 9780851704647
  • 2,469,940

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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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About Brian Winston

Brian Winston is Professor of Communications and Lincoln Chair at the University of Lincoln, UK. He has held senior academic posts at UK National Film and Television School, New York University, Pennsylvania State University, the University of Wales (Cardiff), Westminster University and the University of Lincoln where, before his present position, he was a Pro-Vice Chancellor.
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