By Keith Beattie

This quantity is the 1st book-length research of the large profession and prolific works of D.A. Pennebaker, one of many pioneers of direct cinema, a documentary shape that emphasizes statement and an easy portrayal of occasions. With a occupation spanning a long time, Pennebaker's many initiatives have incorporated avant-garde experiments (Daybreak Express), ground-breaking tv documentaries (Primary), megastar movies (Dont glance Back), live performance movies (Monterey Pop), and cutting edge fusions of documentary and fiction (Maidstone).


Exploring the concept that of "performing the real," Keith Beattie translates Pennebaker's movies as performances during which the act of filming is in itself a performative transgression of the norms of simply observational documentary. He examines the ways that Pennebaker's presentation of unscripted daily performances is knowledgeable by means of connections among documentary filmmaking and different experimental events comparable to the hot American Cinema. via his collaborations with such a variety of artists as Richard Leacock, Shirley Clarke, Norman Mailer, and Jean-Luc Godard, Pennebaker has constantly remodeled and redefined the different types of documentary filmmaking. This e-book additionally features a fresh interview with the director and a whole filmography.

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