Four documentary essay questions

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1) Describe four different modes of documentary and place them into both

historical and technological context. Why did these different forms of

documentaries arise when they did? What were some of the factors and

conditions that either led to their continued popularity or their demise?

2) It has been postulated that the documentary tradition has depended upon

both truth-telling and tangible documents. Select two films presented in class

by student groups and describe what form of documentation or evidence the

films “truth-claim” was based upon.

3) Select two films that student groups presented in class and compare and

contrast them. Note varying means of authenticity, mode of presentation,

style, and other differences or similarities.

4) Why would some documentary makers choose to use a poetic or

experimental approach as opposed to a more traditional approach? What are

some of the advantages or disadvantages of such an approach? What are

some the characteristics of a poetic or experimental approach? What would

be some examples of a poetic or experimental documentary?

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