Ethnographic film

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  • Importance Of Ethnographic Film

    emergence of ethnographic film is believed to have begun with the foundation of documentary film. In 1922, filmmaker Robert Flaherty released the first documentary, Nanook of the North. This narrative documentary film essentially led to generic conventions that documentaries then developed over decades (Fisher 13 September), despite its portrayal of its subjects as spectacle. Soon, film had also found its way into the anthropological world. Anthropologist Margaret Mead and her partner Gregory Bateson applied the camera as a medium for scientific observation. The two took their ideas of filming and photographing culture to Bali, Indonesia as well as Papua New Guinea, creating a series of films and photographic studies in the 1950s. Mead came to be known as the pioneer of visual anthropology, being the first to use film as representation anthropologically. Although, ethnographic filming practices developed profoundly in the hands of filmmaker John Marshall who emerged as a self- reflexive, politicized filmmaker. John Marshall’s filmic practice transpired in difference from the former versions of documentary film as that of spectacle or science in a way that utilized the two, yet…

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  • Flaherty's Influence Of Nanook Of The North By Robert Faherty

    Robert Flaherty is cited in creating the first documentary, with Nanook of the North, made in 1922, this film was wildly successful and generated obsession around this new genre documenting real people. Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson eventually adapted this filmic practice as a tool for documenting cultures for scientific purposes, founding the field of visual anthropology. Flaherty and Mead’s influence can be tracked to filmmaker John Marshall, who challenged the paradigms of spectacle and…

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  • Symbolism In Jean Rouch's Les Maitres Fous

    audience for this film are students and scholars. Furthermore, I also had the opportunity of watching the film without the use of narration and for a moment I was confused and I was not really sure what Rouch was explaining. For this reason, Asch “never subscribed to the orthodoxy of ‘no narration.’ Before many…

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  • Nanook Of The North And Dead Birds Analysis

    Criticisms of Nanook of the North and Dead Birds: Worries of Authenticity and Lasting Implications Films have been seen as windows for everyday people to experience and see new and different things. With ethnographic documentary films, people are able to see real parts of the world that are not always visible in their current, everyday lives. Nanook of the North (Robert Flaherty, 1922) and Dead Birds (Robert Gardner, 1963) are both ethnographic documentaries, revered as revolutionary for their…

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  • Familia Tipo Film Analysis

    Collage is another technique that participates in the film’s construction of palimpsests. Defined as a collection of heterogeneous materials, collage has long played a role in the Latin American documentary tradition. In Familia tipo, however, the device is put to specific use. It permits Priego to reorder fragments and establish new relationships among them, thereby deconstructing an inherited family archive. Priego’s use of collage is not straightforward, but rather reflexive in nature. She…

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  • Thithi Movie Synopsis

    The plot synopsis of Ram Reddy’s Thithi (2016) indicates why such a simple film has consistently found its way to film festivals both national and international and has been already numbered among the most genuine examples of feature-length ethno filmmaking in Indian Cinema. The film Thithi, is about the death of a 101-year-old patriarch called Century Gowda and how three generations of his family react to his death. The opening sequence of the film begins with death of Century Gowda and the…

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  • Analysis Of The Film Chronicle Of A Summer, By Jean Rouch

    Throughout Jean Rouch’s filmic career he experiments with cinema, pushing the boundaries of ethnographic film, showcasing a range of styles. Chronicle of a Summer embarks on the simple journey of asking strangers if they are happy in order to explore how camera’s change behavior. This film epitomizes Rouch’s exploration of cinematic truth, however, I am left questioning if it is the camera or Rouch who provokes his subjects into performance. Rouch’s exploratory career can be tracked through…

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  • Structuralism And Structuralism In Baseball Film: The Rookie And The Natural

    Film Theory The two films analyzed in this paper will be The Rookie and The Natural. The Rookie produced in 2002 is an inspiring true story. Jim Morris a high school teacher strikes an intriguing deal with the Texas high school baseball team he coaches. He tells them if they make the playoffs, he 'll try out for the Major League. The movie starred Dennis Quaid, who played the role of Jim Morris. The Natural is a film that was an adaption from a 1952 baseball novel. Barry Levinson directed it.…

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  • Symbolism In Burton's Sleepy Hollow

    Burton’s most common film Sleepy Hollow is generally recognized for the way Burton displays the male and female characters. Burton displays that female and male characters have the same similarities. Traditionally, male characters may be recognized as having to be the strong hero, and females are supposed to be weak and the damsel in distress. However, in Sleepy Hollow, the main character Ichabod Crane is described as a masculine man that also has a feminine side to him. For example, Ichabod is…

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  • The Bicycle Thief Film Analysis

    in a post-World War II Rome as he desperately tries to make a living for himself and his family. Antonio finds work hanging posters in the city, under the condition that he has a bicycle. Whilst on the job Antonio’s bicycle is stolen and so Antonio and his 7-year-old son Bruno set out to find in a fit of desperation. Eventually, believing that he has no other choice, Antonio tries to steal a bicycle for himself. He fails and the film ends with him and son walking away in defeat towards whatever…

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