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Looking two ways : documentary's relationship with cinema and reality /
by Toni de Bromhead.
imprint
Højbjerg, Denmark : Intervention Press ; Brooklyn, NY : Distributed in North America by Smyrna Press, c1996.
description
xii, 148 p. ; 21 cm.
ISBN
8789825136
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imprint
Højbjerg, Denmark : Intervention Press ; Brooklyn, NY : Distributed in North America by Smyrna Press, c1996.
isbn
8789825136
catalogue key
1919122
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 145-148).
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"... overall this is one of the better books written by a practitioner/theorist, who offers a new and refreshing way of analysing documentary in relation to fiction. Though she is primarily concerned with structure, de Bromhead is clearly aware of the ethical dimensions which underlie certain documentary narrative structures, another problem facing all sensitive documentarists, and one which few professionals actually address." Visual Anthropology
"This is a refreshingly well-written book, which is not over-loaded with theory but nonetheless opens up an important area of discussion." Social Anthropology
"Unpicking the works of the masters and examining the choices they made, as this book does, is a time-honoured way of teaching the craft. Meanwhile, for those interested in more general analytical issues, this book offers an opportunity to compare textual and filmic modes of ethnographic representation." The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute
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In this remarkable tour de force through fiction and documentary film making, Toni de Bromhead challenges the traditional distinction between documentary and fiction, claiming that perceiving the distinction as an opposition between reality and fantasy no longer seems useful. Looking at the style and purpose of a large number of documentary films from various sub-genres, she argues that in terms of narrative, experience for the spectator, moral implications, and "film reading", the documentary genre may provide the viewer with just as much filmic satisfaction-- if not "filmic pleasure"-- as many fiction films do.
Main Description
Toni de Bromhead challenges the traditional distinction between documentary and fiction, claiming that perceiving the distinction as an opposition between reality and fantasy no longer seems useful.

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