This first critical history and in depth appraisal of observational cinema examines key works filmmakers and theorists making a new case for the importance of observational work in an emerging experimental anthropology. Once hailed as a radical breakthrough in documentary and ethnographic filmmaking observational cinema has been criticized for a supposedly detached camera that objectifies and dehumanizes the subjects of its gaze anna grimshaw and amanda ravetz provide the first critical history and in depth appraisal of this movement examining key works filmmakers and theorists from andre bazin and the . Excellent book that re situates observational film making as a deeply involved phenomenological mode of enquiry counter to the often held view which tends to think of it as a naive faux objective approachthat claims unmediated access to reality a landmark book for anyone interested in . Observational cinema anthropology film and the exploration of social life by anna grimshaw and amanda ravetz catherine russell mel oppenheim school of cinema concordia university montreal. Catherine russell mel oppenheim school of cinema concordia university montreal as a category of film practice observational cinema has long been recognized by film studies and visual anthropology but until now it has not received the kind of systematic and detailed study offered in this new book
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