The Documentary Essays

  • Supersize Me Documentary Analysis

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    think that the documentaries are boring, but once they get turned on they are hooked. Documentaries are one of the most influential sources of film out there. This is because of the many purposes of them are to change or improve society, or just to enlighten us on a topic. While most of the other film genres are for entertainment; documentaries are supposed to be entertaining while still having a bigger purpose of informing or showing us something. Within the genre of documentaries, it includes its

  • Essay On Documentary Film

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    Documentary filmmakers strive to capture the real in their documentary films – a convention used by both fiction and non-fiction films to immerse their audiences into the issue. There are a few common methods used by filmmakers to capture the real, all stemming from Dziga Vertov’s theory of Kino Pravda, which explores the idea of truth in films. Realism is important to filmmaking as it helps question the relation of a film to reality. More often than not, our disbelief are suspended the moment we

  • The 70's: A Documentary Analysis

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    Documentaries are made to capture and explain reality. Documentaries deals with people and their environments. Documentaries are usually made in order to prove a point about something, and some are persuasive. The article describes the first documentaries as being accidental, or “accidental documents of reality”. The early accounts of documentaries were used as propaganda for the war. Early TV documentaries included travelogues and lighthearted subjects, rather than extreme social problems. In the

  • Bowling For Columbine Documentary Analysis

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    Throughout time Michael Moore has created many great documentaries and made a name for himself. Most of Moore’s documentaries consist of a similar theme and a similar directional diction. Two of Moore’s documentaries that really stood out to me personally are the tragic stories of Bowling for Columbine and the harsh truth of Fahrenheit 9/11. I found two specific scenes in these documentaries being the scene where the shooting occurs in Bowling for Columbine and the scene where the plane crashes

  • There's No Place Like Home Documentary Analysis

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    epochal shift in subject formation that I have just described. While classic documentary filmmakers of the “Third Cinema” moment (e.g. Fernando E. Solanas [1936-] and Patricio Guzmán [1941-]) constructed their films using material from the sociohistorical archive, today’s filmmakers construct their documentaries using intimate, everyday archives, particularly those of the family. Specifically in the case of Argentine documentaries, directors often use techniques like dissociation and fragmentation to pose

  • Spirituality In Benjamin Smoke

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    “Benjamin Smoke”, is a documentary that shows the life of a drag, punk rock artist who exemplifies bodily knowledge and spirituality through his unique way of life. Benjamin lives in Cabbage town, a poor neighborhood in Atlanta that has been labeled the “shit”, where most of the town is run down and broken. To an outsider Benjamin Smoke is seen as a queer, drug addict, but Ben shows us spirituality in a purely individualism form. Through Ben’s body and the pain and sickness he experiences daily through

  • Captain Phillips Film Analysis

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    successful in the portrayal of all of the accurate factors that actually occurred. Feature films are factual yet intriguing and tell a more detailed version of what was told in the documentary. They are engaging, use a range of cinematic techniques, drama and special effects to engage the viewer to the feature film. The documentary was trying to portray that all of the work was contributed by the crew and that captain Philips didn’t apply any work at all compared to the crew, whereas the feature film tries

  • Amanda Knox Analysis

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    The Amanda Knox documentary discusses the murder of Meredith Kercher, a study-abroad student, in Perugia, Italy, and how her roommate - Amanda Knox - and her then boyfriend were falsely convicted. The documentary misleads viewers and has a subjective viewpoint. Its producers did not go into much detail of the problem and failed to create it from a neutral viewpoint. The documentary should focus more on Meredith’s and Amanda’s relationship, and put more emphasis on key people from the case such as

  • Undefeated By Daniel Lindsay: Film Analysis

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    In the documentary “Undefeated” by T.J. Martin and Daniel Lindsay, an underprivileged black high school football team tries to break the streak of never having won a playoff game as long as the school has been around. Through all of the struggles that these kids face, they learn to come together with the help of their football coach. While the film was nominated for an Oscar, there are two completely different views on whether the film was about overcoming difficulties, considering the situation

  • Boy Alone: A Brother's Memoir

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    BOY ALONE INTRODUCTION Karl Taro Greenfeld, a prominent journalist, in the book, Boy Alone: A Brother’s Memoir, tells the story of how he grew up with his little brother who was autistic. In the book, Karl tries to draw to the readers how it was like for him, his parents and his brother to cope with the sad realities of his brother’s sickness. He brings to reality, to the reader, the hard decisions they had to make as a family and even as an individual so as to accommodate the inevitable conditions

  • Semali Language In Cinema

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    The concern of literacy debate in films in not only associated with authors but also bridges difference between classical and psycho-semiotic as well as modern and postmodern film theories. While conducting analysis, it is identified that film grammar is mainly divided into four aspects including frame, shot, scene and sequence. According to Semali and Asino (2013), language is just like a character of films or cinema and remarks that language is the ability of cinema to transcend perspective of

  • Documentary '13th': Documentary Analysis

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    The documentary the “13th” had shocking statistics on how many people are incarcerated in the United States. The 1970’s was the beginning of the “mass incarceration era,” which started with 357,292 people incarcerated. From there, the prison population has continuously increased and reached a population of 2,306,200 in 2014. Many of these people incarcerated are African-Americans because the criminal justice system has always worked against them. African-Americans in the United States account for

  • Documentary Summary: The 13th Documentary

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    The 13th Documentary  We can see that this documentary has been made for society to recognize that we live in a country where slavery still exists. It talks about the fact of how the United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world, where Blacks make approximately 40% in prison, even though they make around 12% of the U.S. population. They were seen as "super predators" and still seem as criminals. Injustices are still made among the black community because many of them who go to prison

  • Documentary Analysis Of The Documentary Blackfish

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    Cowperthwaite directed the documentary Blackfish. This documentary is about Tilikum, an orca from SeaWorld that has taken the lives of many trainers. The documentary makes the claim that orcas should be freed from captivity. While in captivity they are causing harm to both themselves, humans, and the other orcas. Blackfish is a great example of an argument that can be rhetorically analyzed because it has pathos, ethos, and logos. The target audience of this documentary is the general public that

  • Roger And Me Analysis

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    Michael Moore has been a well-known name in the field of documentaries since his documentary filmmaking debut of Roger & Me (1989). Using a mix of modes and elements of documentary film, he has created many outspoken films that aim to hammer in his ideals to the audience. However, this has many times created the opposite effect of what Moore desires, and many of his critics argue his tactics have discredited him as a filmmaker. This essay will be focusing on two of Moore’s films in particular: a

  • The Old Testament: The Hebrew Bible

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    recognized that the biblical narratives weren’t objective eyewitness accounts of what had taken place, but rather were later writings that reflected the views of their authors. Those views, properly dated, were the basis of biblical history. The Documentary Hypothesis rejects the traditional belief that the Torah, also known as the Pentateuch, is a unified work form a single author and consecutively supports the idea that it is made up of four different sources, each a separate, coherent and independent

  • Blackfish Documentary

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    In particular, the Planet Earth series provided me with stunning cinematography. The documentary Blackfish made me realize that perhaps animals should not be kept in captivity. I realize that perhaps in some instances (in terms of conservation) it is necessary, but the whales at seaworld should be in the ocean. Last year, I watched the documentary, Merchants of Doubt. Prior to watching this film, I did not understand how people, including my mom, could dispute climate

  • Distant Voices Still Lives Film Analysis

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    Memory is deployed in Distant Voices, Still Lives and My Winnipeg to enable the exploration of film form and narrative style within the texts. Through an experimentation of form and narrative both directors rely on memory to link their personal stories to wider themes within their films. The themes of society, the individual, and the overarching theme of memory can then be approached in an alternative manner by the art cinema style and the more avant-garde depiction of personal and public history

  • The Consequences Of Earthlings In The Martian Chronicles

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    The invasion of Mars by Earthlings in “The Martian Chronicles” by Ray Bradbury causes both Martians and Earthlings to suffer from several different consequences. There are many instances in “The Martian Chronicles” where these consequences are shown indirectly. Some fatal consequences formed by the invasion of Mars include innocent deaths, the spread of insanity, sorrow, loneliness, confusion, chaos, and the growth of an unwanted second Earth on Mars. Overall, since the 1st expedition of

  • Activist Documentaries Analysis

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    widening expanse of media options has made documentary film an emerging influencer that is attracting attention from individuals of all generations. The newly popular genre’s ability to combine appealing narratives, striking visuals, and crucial facts has already left its mark on the way we think about controversial topics and critical issues. Activist documentaries - or documentaries aimed at addressing controversial issues or relevant