By Stella Bruzzi
New Documentary: A serious Introduction offers a accomplished account of the final 20 years of documentary filmmaking in Britain, the USA and Europe. Stella Bruzzi's attractive textbook discusses key genres, filmmakers, and concerns for the research of non-fiction movie and tv, including:
* key texts resembling the Zapruder movie of Kennedy's assassination, Shoah, Hoop Dreams and Michael Apted's 7 Up series
* documentary genres, from present affairs programming to 'fly at the wall' documentaries to 'reality television' series
* the paintings of documentary filmmakers reminiscent of Emile de Antonio, Fred Wiseman, Nick Broomfield, Molly Dineen and Paul Watson
* the paintings of avant-garde filmmakers equivalent to Chris Marker, Patrick Keiller, Peter Greenaway and Wim Wenders, whose motion pictures problem conventions of documentary filmmaking
* video clips in line with old occasions, reminiscent of 'JFK' and 'Nixon'
* faux documentaries corresponding to This is Spinal Tap, Bob Roberts and Man Bites Dog
* gender id, queer idea, functionality, 'race' and spectatorship.
Bruzzi indicates how theories of documentary filmmaking should be utilized to modern texts and genres, and discusses the connection among fresh, leading edge examples of the style and the extra verified canon of documentary.
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