This wide-ranging study traces the history of the documentary from the first Lumiere films to Michael Moore's 'Fahrenheit 9/11'. Chanan argues that documentary makes a vital contribution to the public sphere - where ideas are debated, opinion formed and those in authority are held to account.
MICHAEL CHANAN is a documentary film-maker and Professor of Film and Video at Roehampton University. His films include 'Detroit - Ruin of a City' (with George Steinmetz, 2005). His books include 'Cuban Cinema' (2003) and 'Repeated Takes: A Short History of Recording and its Effects on Music' (1995).
Preface and Acknowledgments.- Part I - Mapping the Field.- 1 The New Documentary Wave.- 2 The Documentary Field.- 3 Rules of Evidence.- Part II - Historical Moments.- 4 Documentary before Documentary.- 5 Discovery of Space.- 6 The Documented Point of View.- 7 Soundscapes.- 8 Public Address.- 9 Essays and Endeavours.- 10 Truth Games.- Part III - Contemporary Themes.- 11 Different Histories.- 12 Living History.- 13 The Space of the Subject.- 14 After Verite.- 15 History and Memory.- Index.