Now brought completely up to date, the new edition of this classic work on documentary films and filmmaking surveys the history of the genre from to the. Review: Documentary: A History of the Non-Fiction Film by Eric Barnouw. Henry Breitrose. FILM QUART Vol. 28 No. 4, Summer, (pp. ) DOI: /. Erik Barnouw (June 23, – July 19, ) was a U.S. historian of radio and television Barnouw is also known for his history of documentary films, and for his film about Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which the L.A. Times said shook the.

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Now brought completely up to date, the new edition of this classic work on documentary films and filmmaking surveys the history of the genre from to the present day. With the myriad social upheavals over the past decade, documentaries have enjoyed an international renaissance; here Barnouw considers the medium bxrnouw the light of an entirely new political and social climate.

Documentary: A History of the Non-Fiction Film

He examines as well the latest filmmaking technology, and the effects that video cassettes and cable television are having on the production of documentaries. And like the previous editions, Documentary is filled with photographs, many of them rare, collected during the author’s travels around the world.


Covering the full course of the documentary from Louis Lumiere’s first effort to recent landmark productions such as Shoahthis book documentsry the growing importance of a unique blend of art and reality accessible and understandable to all film lovers.

Glimpse of Wonders Prophet 2. Images at Work Explorer Reporter Painter 3. Sound and Fury Advocate Bugler Prosecutor 4. Clouded Lens Poet Chronicler Promoter 5. Sharp Focus Observer Catalyst Guerilla 6. It is both thorough and readable. I have used the first edition for almost twenty years to great effect. Barnouw is a masterful text writer. Allen, Seton Hall University. An indispensable reference and a worthy text for any course on the subject.

Concise, yet wide ranging and erudite. A valuable classroom text. It presents sign posts to where documentary could be and where it may emerge.

Barnouw’s style has a clarity barmouw precision that make his books delights to read. He reminds us of the powers of film to instruct, exhilarate, excite and deceive, and shows how these powers have been used in our time. I have used Barnouw’s book sinceand I’m grateful for each updated edition.


I’m very excited using it.

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Choose your country or region Close. Brought up to date to the ‘s. Allen, Seton Hall University “This is the basic book for anybody who wants to be a documentary filmmaker. Francis College “The best general history of documentary available. Boorstin “Provides students with a foundation of knowledge from which they can learn, explore, and create.

Hoodak, Elmira College “Indispensable text. Cloud State University “This knowledgeable chronicle and advocacy of the documentary is marked with the poetry of Barnouw’s own appreciation of the medium. Film Noir Homer B. International Noir Homer B. The Besieged Ego Caroline Ruddell.

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