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American documentary film : projecting the nation

Author: Jeffrey Geiger
Publisher: Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, cop. 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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An overview of the American documentary film

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffrey Geiger
ISBN: 9780748621477 0748621474 9780748621484 0748621482
OCLC Number: 748368038
Description: [xi], 275 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Novelties, Spectacles, and the Documentary Impulse - Case Studies: Blacksmithing Scene (1893), Buffalo Dance (1894), and Mess Call (1896); 2. Virtual Travels and the Tourist Gaze - Case Study: Nanook of the North (1922); 3. Serious Play: Documentary and the Early Avant-garde - Case Study: Manhatta (1921); 4. Activism and Advocacy: The Depression Era - Case Study: The Plow that Broke the Plains (1936); 5. Idea-Weapons: Documentary Propaganda - Case Study: The Memphis Belle (1944); 6. 'Uncontrolled' Situations: Direct Cinema - Case Study: Grey Gardens (1975); 7. Relative Truths: Documentary and Postmodernity - Case Study: Tongues Untied (1989); 8. Media Wars: Documentary Dispersion - Case Study: Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)
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In American Documentary Film, Jeffrey Geiger examines the role of documentary film in mobilizing, promoting, and even suppressing central myths of U.S. national identity. His brilliant close readings Read more...

 
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