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Crafting Truth,9780813549033

Crafting Truth

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Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 1/27/2011
Publisher(s): Rutgers Univ Pr
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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 na├┬»ve 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.

Author Biography

Louise Spence is a professor of cinema studies at Kadir Has University in Istanbul and the coauthor of the award-winning Writing Himself into History: Oscar Micheaux, His Silent Films, and His Audiences (Rutgers University Press). Vinicius Navarro is an assistant professor of film studies at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
General Concepts
Authenticityp. 11
Evidencep. 36
Authorityp. 59
Responsibilityp. 83
Structural Organization
Argumentp. 113
Dramatic Stories, Poetic and Essay Documentariesp. 135
Formal Techniques
Editingp. 161
Cameraworkp. 187
The Profilmicp. 213
Sounds (Coauthored with Carl Lewis)p. 239
Indexp. 265
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