A New History of British Documentary by J. Chapman

By J. Chapman

A brand new heritage of British Documentary is the 1st complete evaluate of documentary construction in Britain from early movie to the current day. It covers either the movie and tv industries and demonstrates how documentary perform has tailored to altering institutional and ideological contexts.

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17 In particular, Urban advocated the use of film by the military (recording tactics and manoeuvres) and in science and medicine (for example in recording surgical procedures for teaching students). 18 What distinguished Urban from his contemporaries was his combination of business sense and his commitment to an idea of cinema as more than just an entertainment medium. This can be seen in his development (with cinematographer G. A. Smith) of an early colour process known as Kinemacolor. 19 At the same time, Kinemacolor could be marketed as an attraction in its own right that would draw patrons into film shows by offering something different from other films.

52 This might suggest some concern in official quarters over the inclusion of reconstructed scenes in Battle of the Somme. Battle of the Ancre would appear to have been nearly as successful as Battle of the Somme, if not quite matching its impact on audiences. 53 The Documentary Before Grierson 33 German Retreat and the Battle of Arras (1917) completed a trilogy of official feature-length actuality compilation films, though by the time it was released in the summer of 1917 there is evidence to suggest that cinema audiences were tiring of the genre.

Parkinson, 1926) to expedition films such as Angus Buchanan’s Crossing the Great Sahara (1924) and Frank Hurley’s Cape to Cairo (1926) – the latter being a record of an epic car journey by Major and Mrs C. Court Treatt.

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