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John Grierson : life, contributions, influence

Author: Jack C Ellis
Publisher: Carbondale, IL : Southern Illinois University Press, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"More than any other person, Jack C. Ellis notes, John Grierson, a Scot, was responsible for the documentary film as it has developed in English-speaking countries. While in the United States in the 1920s, Grierson first applied the term documentary to Robert Flaherty's Moana. In 1927, Grierson returned to Britain, where he was hired to promote the marketing of products of the British Empire."
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Genre/Form: Biography
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Ellis, Jack C., 1922-
John Grierson.
Carbondale, IL : Southern Illinois University Press, ©2000
(OCoLC)606296558
Online version:
Ellis, Jack C., 1922-
John Grierson.
Carbondale, IL : Southern Illinois University Press, ©2000
(OCoLC)607758284
Named Person: John Grierson; John Grierson
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jack C Ellis
ISBN: 0809322420 9780809322428
OCLC Number: 41628237
Description: xiv, 441 pages : 1 portrait ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Scotland (1898-1924) 1 --
2. United States (1924-27) 19 --
3. Empire Marketing Board Film Unit (1927-33) 31 --
4. General Post Office Film Unit (1933-37) 74 --
5. Film Centre (1937-39) 110 --
6. National Film Board of Canada (1939-45) 134 --
7. Reaching Out from Canada (1939-45) 178 --
8. International Film Associates (1945-47) and World Today (1946-47) 210 --
9. UNESCO (1947-48) 229 --
10. Central Office of Information (1948-50) 240 --
11. Group 3 (1951-55) 274 --
12. Interim (1955-57) 291 --
13. Scottish Television (1957-68) 302 --
14. McGill University (1969-72) 315 --
15. Postmortem: Assessments (1972-2000) 332.
Responsibility: Jack C. Ellis.
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A biography of the man who pioneered documentary film-making, from his first documentary, "Drifter", about North Sea fishing, to his work with The National Film Board of Canada. Jack Ellis examines  Read more...

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