Documentary: A History of the Non-fiction Film. Front Cover · Erik (Professor Emeritus of Dramatic Arts Barnouw, Columbia University), Erik Barnouw, Formerly. Now brought completely up to date, the new edition of this classic work on documentary films and filmmaking surveys the history of the genre from to the. Review: Documentary: A History of the Non-Fiction Film. User Review – Inggita – Goodreads. the ultimate documentary film reference guide. a.

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Advance from Moscow, 8. In 1 he photographed a wrestling match at Bombay’s Hanging Gar- dens, marking the start of Indian film activity.

Documentary: A History of the Non-Fiction Film by Erik Barnouw

And the title epitomized Vertov doctrine— that proletarian cinema must be based on truth— “fragments of actuality”— assembled for meaningful impact. Of imposing physique, he was a prodigious worker, ebullient companion, yarn-spinner, hard drinker, chain-smoker, and spared neither himself nor others.

Correspond- ing with film experimenters far and wide to secure films for his cine- club programs, he became saturated with film theory and deter- mined to make films of his documeentary.

Sherwood said of Nanook- of the North: Yet a people’s self-image may be a crucial ingredient in its culture, and worth recording. In the latter we see soldiers surge back and forth before the unmoving camera, while many fall in their tracks. histort

In any event, the local items were often the high spot of the run: Such painters as Muybridge sequences— from Animal Locomotion, published During the ‘s explorer, journalist, artist, and others had experi- mented with the moving image in a spirit that was usually zestful and optimistic. He ended where he had begun, but no longer writing manifestos or polemics. Each catalogue item brings one or more shots, never long enough to halt the momentum of the invocation.


Erik Barnouw died on July 19, at the age of. This seemed a philosophical necessity but also, in working alone, a practical neces- sity. Second Revised Edition, so stated. His zeal for the “aggie”— the film— came to know no bounds. He’s one of the most influential figures in film history. One developed into a permanent cinema. The world outdoors— which offered no lighting problems, at least during the day— became its habitat.

The editing process was un- doubtedly helped by Flaherty’s experience and dissatisfactions with the earlier film. It is compounded of telephone lines bobbing up and down along the track, stroboscopic patterns of railroad bridge beams, tracks dividing and coming together as seen from the front of the train, jiggling movements of couplings— all these intercut with glimpses of land- scape, changing from rural to metropolitan to industrial.

But as he went further north, where contacts Explorer 45 with explorers, prospectors, and entrepreneurs had been less exten- sive, he had glimpses of what seemed an earlier nobility. He too learned to project the results on a screen.


Scott to the Antarctic. No trivia or quizzes yet. Photograph by Virginia Leirens Documentaty When John Griersonson of a Scots schoolmaster and grandson of a lighthouse keeper, was studying at Glasgow University and earning distinction in moral philosophy, he was already thinking about film.

If it seemed unsatisfactory, or if he wanted an additional shot from another angle or, distance, the action was repeated. But economic collapse brought fjlm and strife. Morro Pictures Johnson, so his name is written down as Coffee Pot. Early in Lenin held a discussion about film with the Commissar of Education, Anatoli Lunacharsky.

View all 4 comments. Before dawn— damp— cold— teeth chattering. The familiar, seen anew in this way, brought astonishment. In a sudden global eruption, Lumiere operators were soon doing precisely that throughout the world. The vast amount of research involved is hard to comprehend, Barnow and his wife traveled the globe exploring archives, interviewing filmmakers and participants, scanning scripts and viewing hundreds of documentaries; yet the dramatic narrative feels effortless.


May 25, RC rated it it was amazing. The run began quietly, with little advance notice, but soon queues waited at every performance.

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Shortly afterwards in Toronto the young bride, Frances Hubbard Flaherty, recorded in her diary— February 1, In his lively biography of this engaging if exasperating character, Michael Glover has made use of the vast collection of letters to and from most of the important people of the day which have lain almost undisturbed in the British Museum for over barnouuw hundred years.

Edison began the process; Lu- miere and others carried it forward. At extreme right, Mikhail Kaufman. Flaherty’s focus was on traditional ways. He began documsntary intense corre- spondence with Jean Vigo in Nice.

To meet the overflowing demand the Lumieres began showings at additional loca- tions. A horse galloping through them clicked the cameras in swift succes- sion.

We see him climbing bridge spans, smokestacks, towers, roofs; riding on cars, trains, motorcycles; lying on the ground for underneath views of trains, traffic, marching men. The repertorial documentary pioneered by Vertov attracted other Russian film makers of the ‘s and resulted in some masterworks.

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