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Soul of the Documentary

Author: Ilona Hongisto
Date: 10.11.2015
Language: English
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URL: https://en.aup.nl/books/9789089647559-soul-of-the-documentary.html
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Abstract: Soul of the Documentary offers a groundbreaking new approach to documentary cinema. Ilona Hongisto stirs current thinking by suggesting that the work of documentary films is not reducible to representing what already exists. By close-reading a diverse body of films - from The Last Bolshevik to Grey Gardens - Hongisto shows how documentary cinema intervenes in the real by framing it and creatively contributes to its perpetual unfolding. The emphasis on framing brings new urgency to the documentary tradition and its objectives, and provokes significant novel possibilities for thinking about the documentary's ethical and political potentials in the contemporary world.
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Place: Amsterdam
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
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Number of Pages: 178
ISBN: 9789089647559
Review copy: reviewed in #9