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John Grierson
A review of the life of Scottish documentary film maker, John Grierson, the doyen of British and Canadian documentaries.
# 111071 | 22,100 words | 24 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Jan 07, 2009 in Film (Documentary) , Canadian Studies (Misc.)

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The paper discusses John Grierson, his life, activities, his influential character and achievements, and states that he was the moving force behind the development of the documentary film in the 1930s. He was a filmmaker, producer and a guide to many young filmmakers. The paper notes that Grierson was a man who valued truth above all else and saw the documentary as a way of seeking that truth and then bringing it to the attention of the masses. The paper also discusses how Grierson recognized the value of segmenting his film-making into various categories, such as straight documentaries, educational and entertaining films, and directed them as political tools. Additionally, the paper looks at how Grierson experimented with different techniques, introducing music to his film making. He served as a teacher and model to others.


Sample of Sources Used:

  • Atkins, Thomas R. "Frederick Wiseman's America: Titicut Follies to Primate." In The Documentary Tradition, Lewis Jacobs (ed.), 536-550. New York: Norton, 1979.
  • Barna, Yon. Eisenstein: The Growth of a Cinematic Genius. Boston: Little, Brown, 1973.
  • Bates, Peter. (1989). "Truth not guaranteed: an interview with Errol Morris." Cineaste 17 (1989), 16-17.
  • Bell, Fraser. "The Dominie and the Covenant: The Grierson Touch." Queen's Quarterly, Volume 111, Issue 2 Summer 2004), 225.
  • Bondanella, Peter, Italian Cinema from Neorealism to the Present. New York: Peter Ungar, 1983.

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