American Ethnographic Film and Personal Documentary: The by Scott MacDonald

By Scott MacDonald

American Ethnographic movie and private Documentary is a serious historical past of yank filmmakers an important to the advance of ethnographic movie and private documentary. The Boston and Cambridge quarter is remarkable for nurturing those methods to documentary movie through associations similar to the MIT movie part and the movie learn heart, the wood worker heart and the visible and Environmental experiences division at Harvard. Scott MacDonald makes use of pragmatism’s concentrate on empirical adventure as a foundation for measuring the groundbreaking achievements of such influential filmmakers as John Marshall, Robert Gardner, Timothy Asch, Ed Pincus, Miriam Weinstein, Alfred Guzzetti, Ross McElwee, Robb Moss, Nina Davenport, Steve Ascher and Jeanne Jordan, Michel Negroponte, John Gianvito, Alexander Olch, Amie Siegel, Ilisa Barbash, and Lucien Castaing-Taylor. by way of exploring the cinematic, own, relationships among those entire filmmakers, MacDonald exhibits how a pioneering, engaged, and uniquely cosmopolitan method of documentary built during the last part century.

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The film ends with a freeze frame on Lorna and John Marshall 39 ≠Toma, who has negotiated a momentary stalemate, as Marshall explains how this volatile situation resolved itself. Kung allows for a wide range of moods. Men Bathing, for example, could not be more different from An Argument about a Marriage either in tone or in presentation. The précis of Men Bathing begins in live action and with John Marshall’s voice-over, as we see several men arrive at a lovely pan on a gorgeous day. Then the film shifts to freeze frame as Marshall explains who these men are and how they are related to each other.

While the imagery John Marshall recorded and put together for his mother (presumably under her direction) must have seemed exotic to the original audiences, and still may seem exotic to audiences unfamiliar with ethnographic filmmaking, the voice-over commentary in First Film reveals not merely Lorna Marshall’s familiarity with the people gathered at Gautscha, but her unpretentious empathy with them, as a parent. A. degree in English, had taught English at Mt. Holyoke College before meeting Laurence Marshall).

Ai reviews Lorna and John Marshall 43 figure 4. Kung Woman (1980). Courtesy Documentary Educational Resources. the experiences that have brought her, and her neighbors, to their current situation. ai’s memories are interwoven with voice-overs by Marshall, and their dual commentary is illustrated with sequences from earlier Marshall films. ai as a young girl in The Hunters and helping to gather berries in First Film; and Marshall reviews the action in The Hunters as we see moments from that film.

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