Critical Writing Index

Sounds and Images: The documentary tradition

Media & culture: an introduction to mass communication, third edition, 2002, pp. 254-256

Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2002

Tracing the development of the documentary from newsreels and early travel films to activist filmmaking of the late twentieth century, the author covers several key figures including Flaherty, Drew and Associates and Wiseman. The author identifies the documentary as a form that often exists outside of the commercial mainstream, operating independently or sponsored by public institutions, and briefly surveys the opposition which documentary has offered to the ideology of Hollywood cinema and, more recently, broadcast television.

ITEM 2002.194 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Nanook of the NorthRobert Flaherty

The Plow that Broke the PlainsPare Lorentz

PrimaryDrew and Associates

Titicut FolliesFrederick Wiseman

Man with a Movie CameraDziga Vertov

Night and FogAlain Resnais

Hearts and MindsPeter Davis

Harlan County, U.S.A.Barbara Kopple

The Life and Times of Rosie the RiveterConnie Field

Michael Moore

Roger and MeSpike Lee

The Original Kings of Comedy

Hoop Dreams