Documentary Moments - Take 3

Conceived by film-maker Eyal Sivan, the long-term project “Documentary Moments” elaborates documentary film practice through screenings and encounters with film-makers who shaped particular moments of the practice’s history. Its initial chapter is an homage to artists who contributed to the renaissance of documentary film in the post-war period: Alain Resnais (b. 1921), Edgar Morin (b. 1921), Marcel Ophuls (b. 1928), and Frederick Wiseman (b. 1930).

In Take 3 of the Documentary Moments, Eyal Sivan and film historian Stella Bruzzi introduce Frederick Wiseman and "direct" cinema. Frederick Wiseman has scrutinised American life and institutions revealing the mechanisms of administration and hierarchy. As a benchmark in the history of social documentary, as both a school and a genre, Wiseman’s infinitely re-qualified and “direct” cinema is indispensable in any debate on the potential of the documentary image to produce truth. The introduction was followed by a screening of Primate (F. Wiseman, USA 1974, 105 min) and by a conversation between Frederick Wiseman, the film historian Stella Bruzzis and Eyal Sivan, both of which could not be included in this documentation. /
English / 00:13:32.000 / 39 MB / Ogg Theora/Vorbis - 640x480/Stereo

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