Introduction to Documentary
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Introduction to Documentary

Second Edition
Bill Nichols
Distribution: World
Publication date: 11/16/2010
Format: paper 368 pages, 85 b&w illus.
6 x 9 x 1
ISBN: 978-0-253-22260-2
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This new edition of Bill Nichols’s bestselling text provides an up-to-date introduction to the most important issues in documentary history and criticism. Designed for students in any field that makes use of visual evidence and persuasive strategies, Introduction to Documentary identifies the distinguishing qualities of documentary and teaches the viewer how to read documentary film. Each chapter takes up a discrete question, from "How did documentary filmmaking get started?" to "Why are ethical issues central to documentary filmmaking?" Carefully revised to take account of new work and trends, this volume includes information on more than 100 documentaries released since the first edition, an expanded treatment of the six documentary modes, new still images, and a greatly expanded list of distributors.

Author Bio

Bill Nichols is Professor of Cinema at San Francisco State University and author of Representing Reality: Issues and Concepts in Documentary (IUP, 1992) and Blurred Boundaries: Questions of Meaning in Contemporary Culture (IUP, 1995).

Reviews

"This engaging, thoughtful, accessible, and comprehensive work will stimulate many to teach documentary film." —Choice

"Bill Nichols' work is always original, provocative, and deeply rooted in his understanding of what we're trying to do. . . . Introduction to Documentary is loaded with original clear thinking and precise attention to the actual mechanics of documentary making and documentary functioning in the real world. . . . Bravo." —Jon Else, University of California at Berkeley and producer and director of The Day After Trinity and Sing Faster

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Table of Contents

Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction

1. How Can We Define Documentary Film?
2. Why Are Ethical Issues Central to Documentary Filmmaking?
3. What Gives Documentary Films a Voice of Their Own?
4. What Makes Documentaries Engaging and Persuasive?
5. How Did Documentary Filmmaking Get Started?
6. How Can We Differentiate among Documentaries? Categories, Models, and the Expository and Poetic Modes of Documentary Film
7. How Can We Describe the Observational, Participatory, Reflexive, and Performative Modes of Documentary Film?
8. How Have Documentaries Addressed Social and Political Issues?
9. How Can We Write Effectively about Documentary?

Notes on Source Material
Filmography
List of Distributors, Internet Distribution Venues, Internet Search Engines, and International Distributors
Index
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