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The right to play oneself : looking back on documentary film

Author: Thomas Waugh
Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 2011. copyright 2011
Series: Visible evidence, v. 23.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Right to Play Oneself" collects for the first time Thomas Waugh's essays on the politics, history, and aesthetics of documentary film, written between 1974 and 2008. The title, inspired by Walter Benjamin's and Joris Ivens's manifestos of "committed" documentary from the 19 0s, reflects the book's theme of the political potential of documentary for representing the democratic performance of citizens and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Waugh, Thomas, 1948-
Right to play oneself.
Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2011
(DLC) 2010032601
(OCoLC)655302640
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Waugh
ISBN: 9780816674817 0816674817
OCLC Number: 741747777
Description: 1 online resource (xxi, 312 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Preface : of pulses, panaceas, and parallel universes --
Why documentary filmmakers keep trying to change the world, or why people changing the world keep making documentaries (1984) --
Dziga Vertov, 1930s populism, and Three songs of Lenin (1975) --
Bread, water, blood, rifles, planes : documentary imagery of the Spanish Civil War from the North American Popular Front (1990) --
Acting to play oneself : performance in documentary (1990) --
Beyond Vøritø : Emile de Antonio (1977) --
Sufficient virtue, necessary artistry : the shifting challenges of revolutionary documentary history (2006-08) --
Lesbian and gay documentary : minority self-imaging, oppositional film practice, and the question of image ethics (1984) --
Walking on tippy toes : lesbian and gay liberation documentary of the post-stonewall period (1997) --
"Words of command" : cultural and political inflections of direct cinema in Indian independent documentary (1990) --
Joris Ivens and the legacy of committed documentary (1999).
Series Title: Visible evidence, v. 23.
Responsibility: Thomas Waugh.

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"The Right to Play Oneself" collects for the first time Thomas Waugh's essays on the politics, history, and aesthetics of documentary film, written between 1974 and 2008. The title, inspired by Walter Benjamin's and Joris Ivens's manifestos of "committed" documentary from the 19 0s, reflects the book's theme of the political potential of documentary for representing the democratic performance of citizens and artists. Waugh analyzes an eclectic international selection of films and issues from the 1920s to the present day. The essays provide a transcultural focus, moving from.

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