Documentary: A History of the Non-Fiction Film
by Erik Barnouw
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 1895 to the present day. With the myriad social upheavals over the past decade, documentaries have enjoyed an international renaissance; here Barnouw considers the medium in the light of an entirely new political and social clima...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published January 7th 1993 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published 1975)
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A few weeks ago a friend ecstatically informed me that Lars Ulrich played Joris Ivens in the HBO film HEMINGWAY AND GELLHORN. An instant look of befuddlement exposed my ignorance of who this Ivens figure was. "You know, Joris Ivens. The Dutch documentary filmmaker. He's one of the most influential figures in film history." I had a sudden urge to shift my ignorance by saying, "Of course, but who is this Lars Ulrich you speak of?" Instead I tucked my cineaste tail between my leg and accepted the d...more
History of documentary films. Great for those starting out that want some basis for how the field has developed. I recommend pausing to look up clips of all the films he discusses, it really helps you visualize what he's trying to convey.
Dec 22, 2007 Amanda rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Film buffs
This is a pretty nice survey of documentary film history. Many people and movements are sort of sparingly touched on and I've got it from a reliable source that some of his information about East European documentary isn't quite right, but nevertheless, survey works cannot do everything and this one does a good job of giving you a feel for the history of something that is quite broad and diverse.
the ultimate documentary film reference guide. a must-read in Deirdre Boyle's documentary history course - completed with viewing the documentaries mentioned in it. But then again you need Deirdre to tell you the complete stories, Nanook and all.
Barnouw's book is a very worthy addition to critical film history, and will at the very least give even the most informed reader a quality viewing list. Anyone interested in documentary cinema, its forms, its subgenres, its bastard children, and even the question of what documentary cinema is will find this to be a valuable work.