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Chapter 10 - Chapter 10: Documentary, Experimental, and...

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Chapter 10: Documentary, Experimental, and Animated Films What is a documentary? - presents factual info about the world. - Some staging occurs; some can enhance the film’s reliability (ex; concentration camp Fires were started. ) - Some documentaries are not trustworthy or confuse audience with a falsified chronology. Roger and Me. - Rhetoric to persuade Types of Documentaries - Compilation film- archival sources, include interviewtalking heads (testimonies) - Direct-Cinema documentary- records ongoing event as it happens. (cinema-verite= cinema truth) - Nature Documentary- magnifying lenses to explore world. - Portrait Documentary- centers on scenes from the life of a compelling person. *Documentaires can also be a blend of those above. The Boundaries Between Documentary and Fiction - Fiction- the characters and their activites remain fictional, but history and geography provide context for the made up elements. - Fiction comments on real world - Fiction is completely rehearsed, characters are played by actors. - Films based on real-life events/people use a fictional pportrayal by the way it is produced. *sometimest the lines are blurred--- mockumentaries JFK, inserted compiliation footage into scenes where actors played historical figures. Types of Form in Documentary Films - most documentaries are organized as narratives. - Nonnarrative: o Categorical form- provide grouping that individuals or societies create to organize their knowledge of the world. ( Olympia- focused on events) Variation is key to maintain interest, exciting topics, patterned use of film techniques, mixing in other form. Ex: Gap-Toothed Women - interviews with women who have gaps, theme: sometimes society has narrow notions of what counts as beauty. - Referential: series of gap toothed women from dif races and dif cult clas backgrounds. - Explicit: intervieees display range of reactions to gap-teeth. Links stereotyped attitudes about feminine beauty to racism. - Implicit: the music and photographs of smiling, gap toothed woen suggest a favor towards them. - Symptomatic- shift of - radical attitudes of the 1960’s yo 1980’s society’s pressure on women to conform to limiting ideals of beauty. o Rhetorical Form- make an argument to convince (An inconvenient truth.) 1. addresses viewer openly, move him/her to a new attitude. 2. Subject of film is not an issue on scientific truth but a matter of opinion. Expression of ideology. 3. Appeal to emotion, rather than presenting just facts 4. Film attempts to persuade the viewer to make a choice that will have an effect on his or her everyday life. Argument not presented directly: 3 types
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Arguments from source- first hand accounts, talkinghead, may insert themselves. Subject centered-
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Chapter 10 - Chapter 10: Documentary, Experimental, and...

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