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Sans soliel

Sans soleil (1983) dir. Chris Marker “One technique for the sleepless advises not thinking in words, just in images; supposedly concentrating your mind on the visual rather than the linguistic will hasten your descent into dreams.” – Colin Marshall “These … Continue reading

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Shoah

Shoah (1985) dir. Claude Lanzmann The 9 1/2 hour film Shoah consists of eyewitness testimony of those who participated in and were the victims of the slaughter of 6 million European Jews by the Nazi regime.  Claude Lanzmann interviews survivors, … Continue reading

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Truthful Cinema

Les maîtres fous (1955) dir. Jean Rouch Chronique d’un été (1961) dir. Jean Rouch & Edgar Morin If a documentary is supposed to be true to life, what does this mean for the documentarian?  The problem is especially acute for ethnographic … Continue reading

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Harlan County, USA

Harlan County, USA (1976) dir. Barbara Kopple A group of impoverished coal miners in rural Kentucky strike against their company.  They’re shot at and beaten.  The camera crew is attacked as well. Harlan County, USA is documentary at its most exciting.  It’s political, … Continue reading

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Land Without Bread – The Original Borat

Luis Buñuel’s 1933 Land Without Bread is a hilarious parody of early ethnographic documentaries.  I’m glad I saw it just a few days after The Song of Ceylon; seeing at least one example of the genre prior to Land Without … Continue reading

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