Imagining Reality: The Faber Book of Documentary

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Faber & Faber, 2006 - Documentary films - 468 pages
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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 and revised edition of their ‘definitive, inspirational’ (Independent) compendium on the origins and rich history of the documentary film. This authoritatively compiled collection of writings takes the reader on a tour of the evolution of documentary as an increasingly vibrant, polemical, experimental and entertaining medium. All of the great practitioners are represented, either in their own words or through those of the most insightful commentators of the time - from Vertov and Flaherty to Marcel Ophuls and Chris Marker, Kieslowski, Claude Lanzmann, and Nick Broomfield. After years as cinema’s ne’er-do-well, documentary has recently captured the imagination of mainstream moviegoers, and this new edition carries the story up to date with pieces on the phenomena of Michael Moore, The Buena Vista Social Club, Capturing the Friedmans, Etre et Avoir, The Fog of War, The Power of Nightmares, and the strange beast that is ‘Reality TV’.

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Kevin MacDonald is Professor of Psychology at California State University, Long Beach. His research has focused on developing evolutionary perspectives in developmental psychology, certain historical phenomena (e.g., the origins of monogamous marriage), and ethnic relations. After receiving a Master's degree in evolutionary biology, he received a Ph.D. in Biobehavioral Sciences, both at the University of Connecticut. His dissertation focused on behavioral development in wolves. He continued developmental research during a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Illinios, performing research on human parent-child play, particularly rough-and-tumble play characteristics of fathers. In the area of developmental psychology, he is the author of Social and Personality Development: An Evolutionary Synthesis (Plenum 1988); he is also the editor of two books: Parent-Child Play: Descriptions and Implications (State University of New York Press 1993) and the precursor to his current Sage book, Sociobiological Perspectives on Human Development (Springer-Verlag 1988).

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