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Recording Reality, Desiring the Real$
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Elizabeth Cowie

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816645480

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816645480.001.0001

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Specters of the Real: Documentary Time and Art

Specters of the Real: Documentary Time and Art

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Recording Reality, Desiring the Real

Elizabeth Cowie

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines the role of time and memory in a documentary by addressing the question: what is gained and lost by spectators when watching a film? A documentary is considered aesthetics because of its temporal disjuncture presented between the real time of the past event and its presence again in the film that can be seen as spectral. The chapter also discusses the aspect of time as political art.

Keywords:   real time, political art, spectators, documentary

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