Are certain directorial choices of framing foreign to documentary?
The conceptual dimension of ubiquitous filmmaking decisions.
Valuing films that follow genre conventions and follow them well.
Documentaries that switch tone or mode half-way through.
Further thoughts on variations on the character-driven format.
The character-driven documentary is one of the dominant forms of documentary today, in the US and internationally.
So frequently, festival documentaries imagine a foreign spectator, looking from the outside in.
The symbiotic relationship between biography and personality.
The film bills itself as doc-fiction, but the straight-doc elements are in many ways more engaging.
“The classic realist text cannot deal with the real as contradictory.” – Colin MacCabe, “Realism and the Cinema: Notes on some Brechtian theses.” (1974)