Lucia Ricciardelli's American Documentary Filmmaking in the Digital Age: PDF


By Lucia Ricciardelli

ISBN-10: 0415840120

ISBN-13: 9780415840125

American Documentary Filmmaking within the electronic Age examines the new demanding situations to the conventions of realist documentary in the course of the lens of struggle documentary movies via Ken Burns, Michael Moore, and Errol Morris. in the course of the 20th century, the discovery of recent applied sciences of audiovisual illustration corresponding to cinema, tv, video, and electronic media have reworked the modes of ancient narration and with it pressured historians to evaluate the impression of latest visible applied sciences at the building of historical past. This e-book investigates the style during which this modern Western "crisis" in historic narrative is produced by means of a bigger epistemological shift in visible tradition. Ricciardelli makes use of the subject of battle as depicted in those administrators’ movies to concentration her examine and view the model(s) of nationwide identification that Burns, Morris, and Moore form via their depictions folks army activities. She examines how postcolonial opinions of historicism and the arrival of digitization have affected the narrative constitution of documentary movie and the shaping of historic realization via cinematic illustration.

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37. Jane M. Gaines, “Introduction,” in Collecting Visible Evidence, eds. Jane Gaines and Michael Renov (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1999), 6. 38. I use the term counter-realist to refer to those documentary forms that have challenged either the conventions of documentary realism or its humanist agenda, or both. 39. Nichols coined the terms poetic, reflexive and performative modes to describe those documentary approaches that depart from the realist tradition. Early Realist Documentary 40.

Alphonse Bertillon, Instructions for Taking Descriptions for the Identification of Criminals, and Others, by the Means of Anthropometric Indications (1889). 6. In this study, I use the term other to refer to both the colonized and the “deviant” Western subject and their marginalization through bourgeois discourses and practices. 7. According to American philosopher Charles Sanders Peirce, photography was capable of objectively documenting reality due to its indexical property. For Peirce, the indexical sign is characterized by its direct relationship to the referent in the real world, of which it is a physical trace.

Starting in the 1980s, US documentary filmmakers have increasingly rejected narratives that tend to generalize human experience and establish overarching truths about the past, crafting stories that challenge the status quo. The general trend in contemporary US documentary is to adopt a mix of poetic, performative, participatory, and reflexive techniques to deliver localized forms of knowledge that encourage viewers to reflect on the multiplicity of realities inhabiting American society. In addition, the ease of manipulating photographic images through digital means has made the general audience aware of the myth of photographic objectivity, blurring the distinction between fact and fiction, reality and imagination, ultimately undermining the evidential power of documentary realism.

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