The Documentary Film Movement

The Documentary Film Movement : An Anthology

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This book is the first to bring together the most important material by and on the documentary film movement which has laid the foundations of British national film culture. It includes generous selections from the work of John Grierson as well as writings by Paul Rotha, Humphrey Jennings, Alberto Cavalcanti and Basil Wright. Each section is accompanied by short commentaries. A full introduction examines the historical development of the documentary film movement between 1927 and 1950, the types of films made by the movement, its relationship to other British film genres and to contemporary debates on British national cinema. An accessible, comprehensive and illuminating source book for courses on Documentary Film and the History of British Cinema.show more

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 154.9 x 233.7 x 15.2mm | 476.28g
  • EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • illus
  • 0748609482
  • 9780748609482
  • 1,252,557

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A useful collection of material The texts collected here gives a vivid sense of the intellectual orientations, motivations, relationships between, and achievements of, the featured individuals. British documentary scholars will have encountered most of his material before ... Aitken's anthology ... is the first recent publication to pisition itself as an authoriitative collection of source material on the movement as a whole. A useful collection of material The texts collected here gives a vivid sense of the intellectual orientations, motivations, relationships between, and achievements of, the featured individuals. British documentary scholars will have encountered most of his material before ... Aitken's anthology ... is the first recent publication to pisition itself as an authoriitative collection of source material on the movement as a whole.show more

About Ian Aitken

Ian Aitken is Professor, Department of Cinema and TV, Hong Kong Baptist University. He is the author of Film and Reform: John Grierson and the British Documentary Film Movement (Routledge, 1990, 1992), The Documentary Film Movement: An Anthology (Edinburgh University Press, 1998) and The Cinema of Alberto Cavalcanti: Realism, Surrealism and National Cinemas (Flicks Books, 2000).show more