Identify and state the significance of any ten of the following ideas, films, people or terms. Be sure to include historical data and concrete examples where relevant. You may use your class notes or your textbook; do not use the internet or work with a partner.
Identify and state the significance of any ten of the following ideas, films, people or terms. Be sure to include historical data and concrete examples where relevant. You may use your class notes or your textbook; do not use the internet or work with a partner. (1 paragraph per answer; 5 points each)
Mighty Times: The Children’s March Agnes Varda
3 functions of animated documentary metonymy
domestic ethnography Errol Morris
Dead Birds reflexive mode
In the King of PrussiaThe Maelstrom
pitfalls of ethnographic documentary Backseat Bingo
3 poles of the essay documentary Marlon Riggs
Answer one of the following questions in a 4-5 page, double-spaced essay. Answers should be well-written and well-organized, incorporating class material and readings, as well as your own original arguments concerning the course material. Be specific in your answers – the best essays will incorporate material from the readings as well as specific examples from the films we’ve screened in class. 50 points.
After the midterm, the documentaries screened in class have become increasingly subjective, moving away from an impersonal, objective, expository approach towards a more personal relationship with documentary representation. What formal, narrative and/or cinematic techniques have most characterized this shift toward subjectivity? Choose three films from the list below and explain how and why documentary has been used to represent interior states, personal experiences, and/or subjective viewpoints.
She’s a Boy I Knew History and Memory Phantom Limb
Alone Across Australia Animated Minds
In “Performing Documentary,” Bill Nichols contends that performative documentaries “make the proposition that it is possible to know difference differently.” What sets the performative documentary apart from other forms we’ve looked at this semester? Choose three of the following films. How do they incorporate performative qualities? How do form and content work together to communicate the films’ message(s)? To what extent do they make it possible for us “to know difference differently”?