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A New History of Documentary Film

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  76 ratings  ·  5 reviews
A New History of Documentary Film, Second Edition offers a much-needed resource, considering the very rapid changes taking place within documentary media. Building upon the best-selling 2005 edition, Betsy McLane keeps the same chronological examination, factual reliability, ease of use and accessible prose style as before, while also weaving three new threads - ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 456 pages
Published April 26th 2012 by Bloomsbury Academic (first published August 30th 2005)
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Adam Johnson
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
*Read as far as I needed to for class. Will truly finish later.

Aside from a jumbo chapter that came out of nowhere, McLane paces a lot of information extremely well to create an interesting, engaging, and digestible history of documentary pictures. Recommended for casual film aficionados and those engaging the subject more seriously.
Amirhossein
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
من ترجمه فارسیش رو به سرپرستی مازیار اسلامی خوندم، که ترجمه خوبی بود اما غلط املایی فراوان داشت.
تمرکز کتاب روی تاریخ سینمای مستند در آمریکا،کانادا و اروپاست و به کشورهای دیگه اصلا توجهای نکرده. نکته مثبت کتاب بنظرم به روز بودنشه و حتی تا سال های بعد از رو هم بررسی میکنه، چیزی که من در کتاب های دیگه ندیدم.
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Andrew
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm trying to learn more about documentary film history and theory and this was a nice starting point about English-language documentary. A little textbook-ish at times but still gave me a ton of information and a massive watchlist.
Alex Gruenenfelder
Though at times it drones on in an attempt to be more academic, this is a great summary of the art of documentary. Strongly recommend for film scholars, across all genres.
Amanda
Feb 19, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: academic, nonfiction
Despite the title, it's not really a "new" history of documentary film. The authors rely primarily on the work done by Robert Flaherty and John Grierson as two poles, against which other English-language documentaries can be measured.
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