Choose a film to watch from the following list. Also, answer 2 questions from list.

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1. Choose a film to watch from the following list. Make sure you view the official, uncut, correct version of the film if multiple films have the same title – check the year and director, when noted. Email me if any doubts:

1950s-1960s:

  • Albert Schweitzer (1957 film)
  • All My Babies
  • Benjy – 1951, Zinnemann
  • City of Gold (1957 film)
  • Every Day Except Christmas – search for it on https://archive.org/
  • Galapagos – 1955, Heyerdahl
  • Kon-Tiki – 1950, Heyerdahl
  • Les maîtres fous
  • Les raquetteurs
  • The Living Desert
  • Momma Don’t Allow
  • The Mystery of Picasso
  • The Naked Eye (1956 film)
  • Night and Fog (1955 film) – full film streaming in online Lecture notes
  • O Dreamland
  • Olympia 52 (1952 Chris Marker film)
  • Seven Years in Tibet (1956 film)
  • The Silent World
  • Song of the Land – 1953
  • Statues Also Die
  • The Titan: Story of Michelangelo
  • Trance and Dance in Bali – 1952

Recommended film – click here to watch on Amazon: The Mystery of Picasso or Kon Tiki or The Living Desert

  • The Anderson Platoon
  • Calcutta (1969 film)
  • Charlie Is My Darling (1966 film)
  • Chronique d’un été
  • Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment
  • Dead Birds (1963 film)
  • Dont Look Back
  • Far from Vietnam
  • The Flying Doctors of East Africa
  • Four Days in November
  • Harvest of Shame
  • High School (1968 Frederick Wiseman film)
  • Holy Ghost People (1967 film)
  • In the Year of the Pig
  • Ingmar Bergman Makes a Movie
  • Journey into Self (1968 film)
  • Ladies and Gentlemen… Mr. Leonard Cohen – 1966
  • Le Joli Mai
  • Lonely Boy (1962 film)
  • Love Meetings
  • Marilyn (1963 film)
  • Mayhem on a Sunday Afternoon – 1965
  • Mingus: Charlie Mingus 1968
  • Mondo Cane
  • The People vs. Paul Crump
  • Phantom India
  • Point of Order (1964 film)
  • Portrait of Jason
  • Primary (1960 film)
  • Rabindranath Tagore (1961 film)
  • 16 In Webster Groves
  • Salesman (1969 film)
  • Seven Up! (1964) – full film streaming in online Lecture notes
  • Sky Above and Mud Beneath
  • The Sorrow and the Pity
  • A Time for Burning – search for it on https://archive.org/
  • Titicut Follies
  • Tokyo Olympiad – 1965 Kon Ichikawa film
  • Warrendale
  • The White Game – 1968
  • You Are on Indian Land
  • Young Americans (1967 film)

Recommended film – click here to watch on Amazon: Le Joli Mai or Don’t Look Back or Salesman

2. DISCUSSION BOARD 3 1950s-1960s QUESTIONS – choose any 2 to answer in your Post:

1. Identify if there is an Interactive/Participatory onscreen host or investigator in the documentary. Does it seem like they are playing a role of some kind or being genuine? Are they tricking the subject with ambush interviews, hidden cameras or other tricks, or are they being relaxed, open and honest? Discuss if their approach is the best way to get info or if you have a problem with it. Cite a specific example or moment from the film and discuss in detail.

2. Identify if interviews are used for the documentary, and discuss if they seem to let the subject tell their own story or are being manipulated by the types of questions asked of them, the way they are asked or the way they are edited after the fact. Do you think this is a good approach or a mistake? Cite a specific example or moment from the film and discuss in detail.

3. Identify if the documentary employs a “fly on the wall” Observational approach. Discuss if it seems to be a pure document showing the truth of the subject, or if you feel some kind of manipulation going on away from the camera. Does this approach work, or is it boring? Does the filmmaker favor a character or in any way warp the reality by their filming or editing choices? Cite a specific example or moment from the film and discuss in detail.

4. Identify if you can ascertain that new technology affect the making of the documentary by allowing for low light, unobtrusive filming following a subject on location – discuss if the use of a zoom lens, mobile camera, sync sound recorder or fast film stock enhance the way the subject is covered, or make it worse. Cite a specific example or moment from the film and discuss in detail.

5. Identify if the documentary was made for TV – analyze if it is a human interest report, a history compilation or a news report. Are talking heads used too much? Are there too many clips? Could there be a better way to cover the subject? Cite a specific example or moment from the film and discuss in detail.

6. Identify if the film is Interactive – discuss if they openly admit their interactions or hide them. Analyze if the subject seems to be playing a role and manipulating the filmmaker. Cite a specific example or moment from the film and discuss in detail.

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