Documentary Film: A Very Short Introduction


Patricia Aufderheide Very Short Introductions
  • Takes readers along the diverse paths of documentary history and charts the lively, often fierce debates among filmmakers and scholars about the best ways to represent reality and to tell the truths worth telling
  • Beginning with an overview of the central issues of documentary filmmaking - its definitions and purposes, its forms and founders
  • Focuses on several of its key subgenres, including public affairs films, government propaganda (particularly the works produced during World War II), historical documentaries, and nature films
  • Drawing on the author's four decades of experience as a film scholar and critic