The documentary temptation: Fiction filmmakers and non-fiction forms
Author(s): Martin, Adrian
This essay addresses the ‘documentary temptation’ for filmmakers more usually associated with fiction: an encounter with reality – whether rendered in minimalist, observational, cinéma-vérité, or conventional reportage formats – that comes on an initial, primary level without artifice, pretence, contrivance, or the industrial and aesthetic machinery of narrative cinema. The notion of such a ‘return to zero’ is critically explored with reference to directors including Jean Eustache, James Benning, Martin Scorsese, Jean-Pierre Gorin, Wim Wenders, and Stan Brakhage.
Martin, Adrian: The documentary temptation: Fiction filmmakers and non-fiction forms. In: NECSUS. European Journal of Media Studies, Jg. 3 (2014), Nr. 2, S. 5–20. DOI: https://doi.org/10.25969/mediarep/15145.
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