Regarding the Real: Cinema, Documentary, and the Visual Arts

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Regarding the Real: Cinema, Documentary, and the Visual Arts develops an interdisciplinary approach to documentary film, focusing on its cultural and formal relations to other visual arts, such as animation, assemblage, photography, painting, sculpture, and architecture. The book considers the work of figures whose preferred film language is associative and fragmentary, and for whom the documentary is an endlessly open form, an unstable expressive phenomenon that cannot but interrogate the validity of its own narratives and representational modes. Combining close analysis with cultural history, Regarding the Real calls for a re-assessment of the influence of the modern arts in subverting the structures of realism typically associated with documentary filmmaking.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationManchester
PublisherManchester University Press
Number of pages208
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-7849-9607-9
ISBN (Print)978-0-7190-9966-3, 978-1-5261-2720-4
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jan 2016


  • Documentary
  • European Cultural Studies
  • Modern Visual Arts
  • Art and Conflict
  • counter-culture
  • film modernism


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