Crafting Truth Documentary Form and Meaning

ISBN-10: 0813549035

ISBN-13: 9780813549033

Edition: 2011

Authors: Louise Spence, Vinicius Navarro

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Documentaries such as Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman'sBorn into Brothels, Michael Moore'sFahrenheit 9/11, Jeffrey Blitz'sSpellbound, along withMarch of the PenguinsandAn Inconvenient Truthhave achieved critical as well as popular success. Although nonfiction film may have captured imaginations, many viewers enter and leave theaters with a naïve concept of "truth" and "reality"-for them, documentaries are information sources. But is truth or reality readily available, easily acquired, or undisputed? Or do documentaries convey illusions of truth and reality? What aesthetic means are used to build these illusions? A documentary's sounds and images are always the product of selection and choice, and often underscore points the filmmaker wishes to make.Crafting Truthilluminates the ways these films tell their stories; how they use the camera, editing, sound, and performance; what rhetorical devices they employ; and what the theoretical, practical, and ethical implications of these choices are. Complex documentary concepts are presented through easily accessible language, images, and a discussion of a wide range of films and videos to encourage new ways of thinking about and seeing nonfiction film.
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List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 12/16/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

LOUISE SPENCE is Professor of Media Studies at Sacred Heart University. She is a co-author of the award-winning Writing Himself into History: Oscar Micheaux, His Silent Films, and His Audiences (2000) and an avid soap opera fan.

Vinicius Navarro is Assistant Professor in the Department of Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College, USA.

General Concepts
Structural Organization
Dramatic Stories, Poetic and Essay Documentaries
Formal Techniques
The Profilmic
Sounds (Coauthored with Carl Lewis)
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