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Publisher's Summary

This new edition of Bill Nichols' best-selling text provides an up-to-date introduction to the most important issues in documentary history and criticism. Designed for students in any field that makes use of visual evidence and persuasive strategies, Introduction to Documentary identifies the distinguishing qualities of documentary and teaches the viewer how to read documentary film. Each chapter takes up a discrete question, from "how did documentary filmmaking get started?" to "why are ethical issues central to documentary filmmaking?" Carefully revised to take account of new work and trends, this volume includes information on more than 100 documentaries released since the first edition, an expanded treatment of the six documentary modes, new still images, and a greatly expanded list of distributors.

The book is published by Indiana University Press.

©2017 Bill Nichols (P)2017 Redwood Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"This engaging, thoughtful, accessible, and comprehensive work will stimulate many to teach documentary film." (Choice)

"Loaded with original clear thinking and precise attention to the actual mechanics of documentary making and documentary functioning in the real world.... Bravo." (Jon Else, University of California at Berkeley)

"...the ending had a perfect feeling of unease and suspense.... It basically felt the same way as when I finished watching Psycho for the first time..." Megan Pegasus, Booktuber/Reviewer

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A must for filmmakers

Bill Nichols articulates the process and modes of documentary filmmaking in a clear and consise way.