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Innovation in Ethnographic Film: From Innocence to Self-Consciousness, 1955-1985

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Publisher Comments:

In the first coprehensive introduction to the nature and development of ethnographic film, Peter Loizos reviews fifty of the most important films made between 1955 and 1985. Going beyond programmatic statements, he analyzes the films themselves, identifying and discussing their contributions to ethnographic documentation.

Loizos begins by reviewing works of John Marshall and Timothy Asch in the 1950s and moves through those of Jean Rouch, Robert Gardner, and many more recent filmmakers. He reveals a steady course of innovations along four dimensions: production technology, subject matter, strategies of argument, and ethnographic authentication. His analyses of individual films address questions of realism, authenticity, genre, authorial and subjective voice, and representation of the films' creators as well as their subjects.

Innovation in Ethnographic Film, as a systematic and iluminating review of developments in ethnographic film, will be an important resource for the growing number of anthropologists and other scholars who use such films as tools for research and teaching.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [208]-217) and index. Filmography: p. [218]-222.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

Preface

Acknowledgements

1. Innovation in ethnographic film, 1955-85

Documentary films

Ethnographic documentary films

Realism

Innovations

2. For the record: documentation filming from innocent realism to self-consciousness

The difficulties in documentation

Marshall's !Kung/San Films

The Yanomami films of Asch and Chagnon

Australian documentation initiatives

Trobriand Cricket

The Jero Tapakan Project

3. Challenging documentation-realism: three early experiments by Jean Rouch

Moi, Un Noir

La Pyramide humaine

Chronique d'un été

Conclusion

4. Constructions from real lives: biographies and portraits

Imaginero

Lorang's Way: A Turkana Man

N!ai: the story of a !Kung woman

Celso and Cora

Amir: An Afghan refugee musician's life in Peshawar, Pakistan

Conclusion

5. Complex constructions with subjective voices: East Africa, 1971-76

The MacDougalls' background

To Live with Herds: A dry season among the Jie

The Wedding Camels: A Turkana marriage

Demanding texts

Maragoli

6. The Loita Maasai films: televised culture

Documentation of a culture

Masai Women

Masai Manhood

The Woman's Olamal: The Social Organization of a Maasai Fertility Ceremony

7. Robert Gardner in Tahiti, or the rejection of realism

Gardner's formation

Dead Birds

Rivers of Sand

Deep Hearts

Forest of Bliss

Conclusion

8. Complex constructions with subjective voices: Australia, 1972-80

Coniston Muster: scenes from a stockman's life

Mourning for Mangatopi and Goodbye, Old Man

The House Opening

Waiting for Harry

The challenge to AIAS ethnographic films

Epilogue

Appendix 1

The Göttingen Institute for Scientific Films

Appendix 2

The Diary of a Maasai Village

Appendix 3

Nichols on pornography and ethnography

References

Film references

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226492278
Author:
Loizos, Peter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Author:
Loizes, Peter
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
History
Subject:
Documentary films
Subject:
Motion pictures in ethnology
Subject:
Documentary films -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Motion pictures in ethnology -- History.
Subject:
Anthropology - General
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Film and Television-History and Criticism
Edition Description:
Filmography: p. 218-222.
Series Volume:
133
Publication Date:
19930731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
234
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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