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Capturing the Friedmans. 5 Modes of Representation Bethan Thomas & Lorna Baines. “In documentary film, four modes of representation stand out as the dominant organizational patterns around which most texts are structured; expository, observational, interactive and reflexive.”

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Capturing the friedmans

Capturing the Friedmans

5 Modes of Representation

Bethan Thomas & Lorna Baines


“In documentary film, four modes of representation stand out as the dominant organizational patterns around which most texts are structured; expository, observational, interactive and reflexive.”

Nichols, B. (1991) Representing reality: issues and concepts

in documentary. Indiana University Press. P.32.


Expository mode
Expository Mode out as the dominant organizational patterns around which most texts are structured; expository, observational, interactive and reflexive.”

“What does speaking for or on behalf of someone or something entail in terms of a dual responsibility to the subject of the film and to the audience whose agreement is sought?”

Nichols, B. (1991) Representing reality: issues and concepts

in documentary. Indiana University Press. P.34.


Interactive or participatory mode
Interactive (or Participatory) Mode out as the dominant organizational patterns around which most texts are structured; expository, observational, interactive and reflexive.”

“Interactive documentary stresses images of testimony or verbal exchange and images of demonstration (images that demonstrate the validity, or possibly, the doubtfulness, of what witnesses state.”

Nichols, B. (1991) Representing reality: issues and concepts

in documentary. Indiana University Press. P.44.


Interactive or participatory mode cont d
Interactive (or Participatory) out as the dominant organizational patterns around which most texts are structured; expository, observational, interactive and reflexive.”Mode cont’d

“Textual authority shifts towards the social actors recruited: their comments and responses provide a central part of the film’s argument.”

Nichols, B. (1991) Representing reality: issues and concepts

in documentary. Indiana University Press. P.44.


Finally
Finally… out as the dominant organizational patterns around which most texts are structured; expository, observational, interactive and reflexive.”

Do you think ‘Capturing the Friedmans’ fits more specifically into any of the other modes? Compared to the 2 we have outlined.

Do you disagree with our view?


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