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Recording Reality, Desiring the Real

Elizabeth Cowie


Documentary has once again emerged as one of the most vital cultural forms, whether seen in cinemas or inside the home, as digital, film, or video. This book looks at the history of documentary and its contemporary forms, showing how it has been simultaneously understood as factual, as story, as art, and as political, addressing the seeming paradox between the pleasures of spectacle in the documentary and its project of informing and educating. The book claims that, as a radical film form, documentary has been a way for filmmakers to acknowledge historical and contemporary realities by present ... More

Keywords: documentary, historical realities, contemporary realities, Spike Lee, John Huston, MilicaTomi

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780816645480
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816645480.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth Cowie, author