A cinema of nonfiction /
William Guynn.
Rutherford : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press ; London ; Toronto : Associated University Presses, c1990.
249 p. : ill.
0838633404 (alk. paper)
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Rutherford : Fairleigh Dickinson University Press ; London ; Toronto : Associated University Presses, c1990.
0838633404 (alk. paper)
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Filmography: p. 243.
Includes bibliographical references.
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Appeared in Choice on 1990-09:
In this ground-breaking book Guynn offers a clearer definition of documentary film by arguing that although it uses fictive techniques, it characteristically reminds viewers of facts, of an actual world. He studies the nature of documentary in light of semilogics. Guynn argues that documentaries do more than tell stories and they do so by disrupting the narrative with various enunciations, e.g., voices originating outside that which is documented. He demonstrates that the effaced narrator of the fiction film separates it from the "more ambivalent position" of the narrator in the documentary--a voice producing a sense of "having been there." Documentary uses fictive techniques but includes, at least intermittently, this commentative voice that reminds us of the reality documented and that encourages the pleasure associated with fiction films yet discourages full and lasting commitment to such pleasure. As a result, the documentary film reminds viewers that they view the film--that is, that film and viewer are separate, wheras the fiction film encourages viewers to integrate themselves into the film. During his study, Guynn examines The Battle of Britain, The City, Listen to Britain, and Les Maitres Fous. Good index, photographs, good bibliography, and a filmography as well as some helpful notes. For advanced undergraduate and graduate collections in film studies. -C. B. Darrell, Kentucky Wesleyan College
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