* 2007 class -- Part Four : Types of Films [ textbook ] -- Movies? Ch. 9 -- Film Genres

Ch.10 -- Documentary, Experimental, and Animated Films

... 3 (old) pages on documentary for directing class [ mostly clips - list of titles ]

Type vs. Genre [ explain ]

Many genres of "documentary" type films?

... Dziga Vertov argued for presenting "life as it is" (that is, life filmed surreptitiously) and "life caught unawares" (life provoked or surprised by the camera).

"I am the machine that reveals the world to you as only I alone am able to see it."

Vertov believed film was too “romantic” and “theatricalised” due to the influence of literature, theater, and music, and that these psychological film-dramas “prevent man from being as precise as a stop watch and hamper his desire for kinship with the machine.” He desired to move away from “the pre-Revolutionary ‘fictional’ models” of filmmaking to one based on the rhythm of machines, seeking to “bring creative joy to all mechanical labour” and to “bring men closer to machines.” [Quotes are from Vertov's essays, "The Factory of Facts" and "We. A Version of a Manifesto".]W

... Vertov's legacy still lives on today. His independent, explorative style influenced and inspired many filmmakers and directors, including the Situationist Guy Debord and companies such as "Vertov Industries".

TV/News -- and the truth.

new digital cinema [ anthropology ]

Games with docudrama (Borat)

Michael Moore movies --

... "documentary style"



1. vtheatre.net/fm/documentary [CRAFT]

2. directing/filmplus.org/documentary

[ directing 101 ] 3. directing.filmplus.org/doc

... art?

NOTES : ... film and ideology (politics of cinema).


documentary page
"documentary" [ see filmmaking pages on doc. film -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Documentary_film ]

Nanook of the North, Robert FLAHERTY, 1921

-- was it staged? "cinema verite" tradition [ 60s France ]

"Into the Wild" -- what is Real?


* film.vtheatre.net/2007

* film.vtheatre.net/doc/wild

... for/from google.com/group/filmstudy class/forum/list [ calendar ]

The intro of Triumph Des Willens (Triumph of the will)


The Nazi Olympics - Olympia -The cerimony of opening

organization so perfect that is imitated by all subsequents Olympiads

Leni Riefenstahl(cinema) + Joseph Goebbels(advertising) + Albert Speer(architecture) + Adolf Hitler(order and disciplines) = PERFECTION

The prologue of the 1938 film "Olympia" directed by Leni Riefenstahl. It features shots of the Acropolis, ancient statues, athletes and the lighting of the Olympic flame.

Olympia was commissioned by the International Olympic Committee for the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin.

Music from the soundtrack of "Alexander" (2004) by Vangelis. (Only the last 15 seconds of the video were edited to fit the music - the rest of the film remains untouched.)

... see Vertov "Kinoeye" [ "Man with a Movie Camera" in class ]

[ from soviet cinema page -- compare with Eisenstein ]

Last Part (6) [ textbook ] -- Film History