CIN312Y1 Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: Medium Specificity, Slow Motion, Profit Motive

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Documentary as institution: great britain, john grierson and realism. Cannot avoid 1930"s british documentary in studying film. Various avant-gardes in europe and their contribution to filmmaking. This has an impact in documentary filmmaking. The film uses defamiliarizing techniques to answer this question. But actuality as seen from every conceivable angle and distance (feldman) For john grierson, documentary required such security. Doc must survive w/o a profit motive. John grierson: an institutional setting is needed for documentaries. Gpo: uk general post office films were made here as works of publicity, advertising for the general post office, etc. And later, the nfb: national film board of canada. In each case, funding from the state was key. Educate british spectators in the name of britain and the state. What is one"s role as a british citizen? . A conversation about british issues, problems, institutions. Dwelling conditions of the poor and working class. Civic responsibility: the state must intervene to solve problems.

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