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The Right to Play Oneself: Looking Back on Documentary Film

Thomas Waugh


This book collects Thomas Waugh’s work on the politics, history, and aesthetics of documentary film, written between 1974 and 2008. The title, inspired by Walter Benjamin’s and Joris Ivens’s manifestos of “committed” documentary from the 1930s, reflects the book’s theme of the political potential of documentary for representing the democratic performance of citizens and artists. The book analyzes an eclectic international selection of films and issues from the 1920s to the present day. The book provides a transcultural focus, moving from documentaries of the industrialized societies of North A ... More

Keywords: Thomas Waugh, documentary film, Dziga Vertov, Emile de Antonio, Barbara Hammer, Rosa von Praunheim, Anand Patwardhan, LGBT documentary

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780816645862
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816645862.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas Waugh, author