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  1. Traditional documentary • Defined perspective/attitude/agenda • Selected editing to promote point • Voice-over commentary • Use of interview quotes • Propaganda • Triumph of the Will: Hitler as god-like

  2. Cinema Verite Documentary • Little intrusive commentary/music • Little editing/long takes • Events/world not staged • Ethnographic perspective on a culture • Seemingly non-ideological • Few interviews

  3. Cinema Verite: Frederick Wiseman • Focuses on institutions • High School II: East Central HS • Neiman Marcus • Panama • Welfare

  4. Rhetorical impact: audience • Placate/sooth audience: nostalgia • Challenge/implicate audiences • Force audiences to rethink beliefs • Encourage audiences to act

  5. Rock documentaries • Gimmie Shelter, 1970, (Rolling Stones) • A Hard Day’s Night, 1968, (Beatles) • Don’t Look Back, 1967, (Bob Dylan) • Quadrophenia, 1979 (The Who) • Almost Famous, 2000 (rock star life) • Hedweig & the Angry Inch, 2001 • The Last Waltz, 1978 (The Band) • Use of 35mm cameras • Re-released DVD

  6. Documentary • Students create own documentaries • Use of photos/video clips • Use of multi-genre writing • Present using hypermedia • Tour/promotion documentaries • Draw on image databases • Select an issue/theme • Pollution/sprawl/testing • Interviews/analysis • Ethnography and documentary • Study of events/celebrations/rituals

  7. “Fiction”/“reality” vs. “truth” • Problem with concepts • Fiction = “not real” • Reality = “not fictional” • Alternative: “documentary truth” • Explores tensions/complexity vs. propaganda: “one truth” • Invites recognition of the complexity of a problem/issue

  8. Brainstorm: Criteria for determining “truth” • Groups: pick a topic • Your school, an event (state fair, celebrations),community history,etc. • Identify some of the “truths” in this topic • If you were to make a documentary, how would you portray these “truths”? • Interviews • Portrayal of event/old video footage