American Documentary Filmmaking in the Digital Age: by Lucia Ricciardelli

By Lucia Ricciardelli

American Documentary Filmmaking within the electronic Age examines the new demanding situations to the conventions of realist documentary throughout the lens of battle documentary movies through Ken Burns, Michael Moore, and Errol Morris. throughout the 20th century, the discovery of recent applied sciences of audiovisual illustration comparable to cinema, tv, video, and electronic media have remodeled the modes of ancient narration and with it pressured historians to evaluate the effect of latest visible applied sciences at the building of background. This e-book investigates the way during which this modern Western "crisis" in historic narrative is produced through a bigger epistemological shift in visible tradition. Ricciardelli makes use of the topic of struggle as depicted in those administrators’ movies to concentration her research and examine the model(s) of nationwide identification that Burns, Morris, and Moore form via their depictions folks army activities. She examines how postcolonial reviews of historicism and the arrival of digitization have affected the narrative constitution of documentary movie and the shaping of old realization via cinematic illustration.

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Jean Martin Charcot, Clinical Lectures on Diseases of the Nervous System delivered at the Infirmary of La Salpêtrière (1877). Roland Barthes, “The Reality Effect,” in The Rustle of Language, trans. Richard Howard (Oxford: Blackwell, 1986), 141–148. Ania Loomba, Colonialism/Postcolonialism (London: Routledge, 2005–2nd edition), 104. Coined by postcolonial scholar Gayatri Spivak, the term othering refers to the process by which discourses of the Empire fabricate the other. Jenny Sharp, “A Conversation with Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak: Politics and the Imagination,” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 28.

1860 Japanese Delegation to US, by Matthew Brady b. Colonialism in Africa c. Colonial India: [Four Seated Elephants with Western Travelers and Attendants, Jaipur, India], 1860s–1870s India Albumen silver print from glass negative; 9 3/4 × 12 1/16 in. 14 In so doing, they helped to produce a system of knowledge that could validate bourgeois measures for the containment of the “other” in relation to an “idealized” Caucasian-middle-class-heterosexual subject. 16 Specifically, since the invention of the camera, colonial power has exploited photography’s “objectivity,” as well as the signifying operations offered by the archive, to endorse a knowledge about the colonized that could support the colonizer’s perception of non-Western cultures as inferior to his own.

Hayden White, “The Modernist Event” in The Persistence of History: Cinema, Television, and the Modern Event, ed. Vivian Sobchack (New York and London: Routledge, 1996). ” Jean Baudrillard3 “Cinematic realism together with its foremost defender, Andre Bazin, went underground in film studies during the 1970s and 1980s, giving way to the defence of so-called anti-realist and self-reflexive productions aimed at eliciting critical spectatorship. [. ” Lúcia Nagib and Cecilia Mello4 The postmodern age has witnessed the waning of Enlightenment philosophy with its reliance on objectivity, rationality, and scientific experimentation, marking a shift in Western epistemology.

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