Imagining Reality

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ISBN 9780571225149 Format Paperback
9780571225149
Paperback
Published 19/10/2006 Length 496 pages
496

About Book

In Imaging Reality: The Faber Book of Documentary, Oscar-winning documentary-maker Kevin Macdonald (One Day in September, Touching the Void) and leading broadcaster/historian Mark Cousins (The Story of Film) offer an expanded, revised edition of their 'definitive, inspirational' (Independent) compendium on the roots and history of the documentary film.

Imagining Reality takes the reader on a tour of the evolution of documentary film as an increasingly vibrant, polemical, experimental and entertaining form. It gathers a wide-ranging collection of writings by and about such groundbreaking documentary-makers as Vertov, Flaherty, Marcel Ophuls, Chris Marker, Kieslowski, Claude Lanzmann, and Nick Broomfield.

The story is carried up to date by attention to the success documentaries have had among mainstream movie audiences in recent years, including Michael Moore's Bowling For Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11, The Buena Vista Social Club, Spellbound, Capturing The Friedmans, Être Et Avoir, and The Fog Of War.

In Imaging Reality: The Faber Book of Documentary, Oscar-winning documentary-maker Kevin Macdonald (One Day in September, Touching the Void) and leading broadcaster/historian Mark Cousins (The Story of Film) offer an expanded, revised edition of their 'definitive, inspirational' (Independent) compendium on the roots and history of the documentary film. Imagining Reality takes the reader on a tour of the evolution of documentary film as an increasingly vibrant, polemical, experimental and entertaining form. It gathers a wide-ranging collection of writings by and about such groundbreaking documentary-makers as Vertov, Flaherty, Marcel Ophuls, Chris Marker, Kieslowski, Claude Lanzmann, and Nick Broomfield. The story is carried up to date by attention to the success documentaries have had among mainstream movie audiences in recent years, including Michael Moore's Bowling For Columbine and Fahrenheit 9/11, The Buena Vista Social Club, Spellbound, Capturing The Friedmans, Être Et Avoir, and The Fog Of War.
  • About Kevin Macdonald

    Kevin Macdonald is the Oscar-winning director of One Day in September, Into the Void, The Last King of Scotland, State of Play and Eagle of the Ninth. He has written a biography of his grandfather, Emeric Pressburger, and is the co-editor with Mark Cousins of Imagining Reality: The Faber Book of Documentary.

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  • About Mark Cousins

    Mark Cousins is a broadcaster, historian and film critic, the author of The Story of Film and Widescreen: Watching. Real. People. Elsewhere. He writes regularly for the film magazine Prospect and is an honorary lecturer in film, media and journalism at the University of Stirling.

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