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A traveling film team was shown arriving in a town, unpacking its gear, and preparing an open-air showing; a subtitle gave information on how to arrange a visit by such a film show— write to Kino-Pravda. The camera with which Edison began film production was an unwieldy monster; several men were needed to move it. It was so edited that just as the woman appears to reach the top, she is seen to be at the bottom again.

Had Vertov demonstrated the importance of the reporter as documentarist? He himself often spoke of the archival and instructional value of motion pictures and sound egik in education and business. In the Boer War, when Smith felt he needed close shots of Boers in action, British soldiers were put in Non-fcition uniforms to provide a few skir- mishes.

Flaherty of Toronto, who has a most interesting series of ethnological moving pictures of Esquimo life, which show the primitive existence of a people in the way they lived before being brought in contact with explorers. Now brought completely up to date, the new edition of this classic work on documentary films and filmmaking surveys the history of the genre from to the present day.

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But in the Ukraine Vertov created one of the most inventive of early sound films, Enthusiasm: Then the boards over two huge cisterns gave way, and large numbers of people fell to their deaths.

Ov unique odyssey was made possible by a commitment from Ox- ford University Press, a leave from Columbia University, and a grant from the JDR 3rd Fund; to all, a great debt of gratitude is hereby ac- knowledged.


They tended to turn the customary documen- tary items into a ritual composite: Some of these companies were founded by former peep-show op- erators; others, by alumni of traveling shows. Wheelchairs were common enough in Nice to pass unnoticed, and this facilitated catching action un- aware.

In a number of cities, success prompted a move to a larger location or additional screenings elsewhere. If it seemed unsatisfactory, or if he wanted an additional shot from another angle or, distance, the action was repeated. Museum of Modern Art Explorer 35 Moving pictures still the undercurrent of life. It was in fiction, not documentary, that the art of editing was beginning to evolve— and to change the whole nature of film communication.

People who had merely heard or read some vague reports about the war were thrilled beyond de- scription when they saw the famous figures of the Boer War in action. Unabashed condescension and amusement marked their attitude to- ward natives. Stress on the virtues of primitive cultures was not likely to have high priority among the Soviets.

The native was encouraged to exhibit these quaint matters for the camera. Early in their film is a device characteristic of city-symphony films.

Visiting predominantly Jewish districts in the south of Russia, Doublier found an intense curiosity about the Dreyfus affair.

A woman washing at her washbowl is linked with a window-washing shot; paper rolling through a tbe press is associated with water flowing over a dam.

Louis designed the equipment and supervised every detail of the installation.

Documentary: A History of the Non-Fiction Film

The same team followed in with Chang, commissioned by Paramount and filmed in Siam, and Explorer 49 docuentary Documentary ostensibly following a Nanook pattern: Thus the creators of many Lumiere films are not known. The elder Lumiere now lived in semi-retirement, painting landscapes. Cavalcanti had been trained in Brazil for a career in architecture, but in Paris he moved into scene design, and from there into film experimentation. Robert Flaherty was world-famous, creator of a new kind of film, and from the South Seas he was to bring back “another Nanook” The genre, the tradition he had launched, was now in deep trou- ble.


The ultimate in commercial accolade came from the Broadway music world with the appearance of the song Nanook: Ever-loving Nanook, Though you don’t read a book, But, oh, tne you can love, And thrill me like the twinkling northern lights above.

But the artificiality is deliberate: The feature-length documentary Grass, by Merian C.

Documentary: A History of the Non-Fiction Film by Erik Barnouw

With myriad social upheavals over the past decade, documentaries have enjoyed an international renaissance; here Barnouw considers the medium in the light of an entirely new political and social climate. As we see a farmer lie in a field to rest from his labor, a cow comes to lick the sweat from his brow. He felt deaf people could be taught to lip-read, perhaps to speak, if they could see over and over the characteristic mouth movements connected with sounds.

The film was a great financial success. But interior photography presented a problem: He became assistant in a photo studio, and a leading force in the Nice cine-club.

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The “jungle” footage was intercut with close shots of a hippopotamus, a zebra, and other animals photographed in the Copenhagen zoo— downward from above to avoid backgrounds and fences.

With extraordinary beauty and precision, Ivens portrays the patterns made by rain— at first gentle, later o mounting violence—falling in puddles, gutters, canals, rivers, running down windows, umbrellas, wagons, cars, bicycles, dripping from gutters, spouts, umbrella spokes, and limbs of statues.

The Russian tour of duty involved extraordinary and tragic events.

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