This new edition of Bill Nichols' best-selling text provides an up-to-date introduction to the most important issues in documentary history and criticism. Designed for students in any field that makes use of visual evidence and persuasive strategies, Introduction to Documentary identifies the distinguishing qualities of documentary and teaches the viewer how to read documentary film. Each chapter takes up a discrete question, from "how did documentary filmmaking get started?" to "why are ethical issues central to documentary filmmaking?" Carefully revised to take account of new work and trends, this volume includes information on more than 100 documentaries released since the first edition, an expanded treatment of the six documentary modes, new still images, and a greatly expanded list of distributors.
The book is published by Indiana University Press.
"This engaging, thoughtful, accessible, and comprehensive work will stimulate many to teach documentary film." (Choice)
"...the ending had a perfect feeling of unease and suspense.... It basically felt the same way as when I finished watching Psycho for the first time..." Megan Pegasus, Booktuber/Reviewer
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- Russ Hopkins
A must for filmmakers
Bill Nichols articulates the process and modes of documentary filmmaking in a clear and consise way.
- Todd Carlsen
Not Much Value. More Like a Catalog-Encyclopedia
My memory of this book will be a list of documentary names, "like Nanook of the North," and terms to define what documentary is, where it came from, slogan-like elements that converge, etc. It may have value perhaps as a companion book in print, not audio, for exploring documentaries. I can see where a book like this is assigned for college arise to supplement watching documentaries and another view of the topic.