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Tamara Marston performs this comprehensive introduction, her brisk, objective tone skillfully navigating the contentious debates contained herein. Marston is a clear, well-spoken narrator whose clear, almost clipped voice adds polish to this already masterful guide.
Beginning with an overview of the central issues of documentary filmmaking - its definitions and purposes, its forms and founders - Aufderheide focuses on several of its key subgenres, including public affairs films, government propaganda (particularly the works produced during World War II), historical documentaries, and nature films. Her thematic approach allows listeners to enter the subject matter through the kinds of films that first attracted them to documentaries, and it permits her to make connections between eras, as well as revealing the ongoing nature of documentary's core controversies involving objectivity, advocacy, and bias. Interwoven throughout are discussions of the ethical and practical considerations that arise with every aspect of documentary production.
Drawing on the author's four decades of experience as a film scholar and critic, this audiobook is the perfect introduction not just for teachers and students but also for all thoughtful filmgoers and for those who aspire to make documentaries themselves.
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By Omnivorous Reader on 06-14-15
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What made the experience of listening to Documentary Film: A Very Short Introduction the most enjoyable?
It was crisply written and well read.
What did you like best about this story?
It tells the story of the evolution of documentary film making in a way that you can see how these threads are still tangling today and into the future.
What does Tamara Marston bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
The pronunciation of all the names! I love this in Audible histories and fact books...
The way she read it was like a great lecturer. Brining out the information and the story.
Any additional comments?
The book itself would give the interested layperson the overview that would allow them to select what they want to zoom in on. It is a great overview.
BUT IT IS GREAT FOR THOSE EXPERTS--- who need to zoom out a little -- and learn about styles and ways of documentary that are nothing like what they were brought up in.
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