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It includes generous selections from the work of John Grierson as well as writings by Paul Rotha, Humphrey Jennings, Alberto Cavalcanti and Basil Wright. Each section is accompanied by short commentaries. A full introduction examines the historical development of the documentary film movement between 1927 and 1950, the types of films made by the movement, its relationship to other British film genres and to contemporary debates on British national cinema. An accessible, comprehensive and illuminating source book for courses on Documentary Film and the History of British Cinema.
About the Author
Ian Aitken is Professor of Film Studies at the School of Communication, Hong Kong Baptist University. His most recent publications include Hong Kong Documentary Film (Edinburgh: EUP, 2014), and Lukácsian Film Theory and Cinema: An Analysis of Georg Lukács’ Writings on Film 1913-1971 (Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press, 2012).
A useful collection of material
The texts collected here gives a vivid sense of the intellectual orientations, motivations, relationships between, and achievements of, the featured individuals. British documentary scholars will have encountered most of his material before ... Aitken's anthology ... is the first recent publication to pisition itself as an authoriitative collection of source material on the movement as a whole.