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Documentary Films  14:27 I.  From Docere      to       Documentary     1. The Latin root docere means “to teach” and before the invention of film,  “documentary” meant a lesson, admonition, or warning 2. Modern meaning of “document” (19 th  c) = a record, usually factual or authentic 3. 1926: Grierson’s review of Moana in  The New York Sun  claims to has  “documentary  value,” implying pedagogical (teaching us something) 4. Claim of  factuality  or  authenticity  more important than pedagogical aims 5. “Film which through certain conventions creates the illusion that the event depicted  were not controlled by the filmmakers.” – Stuart Kaminsky  6. Not just films, other forms such as photography, radio, literature II.  Nanook of the North 1. “Sometimes you have to life. Often one has to distort a thing to catch its true spirit”  Robert Flaherty 2. 1922: 1 st  English-language documentary 3. Inuit was using rifles by 1920, but Flaherty insisted on harpoons
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  • Fall '05
  • VicenteM.Diaz
  • New York Sun, vastly different culture, Latin root docere, III. Ethical Questions, VI. Government Documentaries

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