100 British Documentaries

BFI Screen Guides


Ever since John Grierson popularised the term 'documentary' British non fiction film has been much celebrated, sometimes reviled, but seldom properly appreciated. 100 British Documentaries provides an accessible and occasionally provocative introduction to a rich and surprisingly varied tradition, by considering 100 examples from a century's worth of cinema, from the Victorian period to the present day. In the book's illuminating introduction, Patrick Russell describes the factors influencing his selection of films, referencing debates over how documentary should be defined and demonstrating that much of its history has been forgotten or ignored. The 100 films represent work by a wide range of film-makers, including Humphrey Jennings, Paul Rotha, Lindsay Anderson, Molly Dineen, Nick Broomfield and Patrick Keller, in a variety of styles, genres and subjects. Alongside such classics as Night Mail and Touching the Void are documentaries by fairly neglected film-makers, and fascinating minor works that shed light on the documentary form and the many uses to which it has been put - from political propaganda to classroom teaching aid. While the focus is on the documentary 'film', several television productions are included, indicating how documentary has developed on the small screen.


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ISBN: 9781844571956
Datum uitgifte: 2007

Dit artikel werd toegevoegd op Thursday 15 November, 2007.

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