Questionable Intent: Documentary Cinema and the Authorial Fallacy
Author: Lewis, Randolph
Source: Studies in Documentary Film, Volume 1, Number 3, December 2007 , pp. 265-278(14)
Abstract:This article examines the relationship between intention and meaning in documentary cinema. It argues that audience assumptions about the film-maker's intentions have limited the interpretation of documentary more than any other category of film. Evidence is drawn from Luis Buuel's Land with Bread (1932), Leni Riefenstahl's The Triumph of the Will (1934), Michael Moore's Roger and Me (1989) and Arlene Bowman's Navajo Talking Picture (1986).
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Honors College, University of Oklahomaxs.
Publication date: December 2007
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