[Montréal, Québec] : National Film Board of Canada, 1999.
1 videodisc (102 min., 45 sec.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in
Interviewees: Wolf Koenig, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Karel Reisz, Richard Leacock, Albert Maysles, Jean-Pierre Beauviala, Roman Kroitor, Robert Drew, Michel Brault, Jean Rouch, Donn A. Pennebaker, William Greaves, Hope Ryden, James Lipscomb, Douglas Leiterman, Beryl Fox, Pierre Perrault, Frederick Wiseman, Barbara Kopple, Gregg Hale, Robin Cowie, Jennifer Fox, Floria Sigismondi, Terry Macartney-Filgate, Gillian Caldwell
Cinematographer, Francis Miquet ; graphics, Sophia Southam ; editors, Marlo Miazaa, Peter Wintonick ; music composed by Jimmy James ; writer, researcher and associate producer by Kirwan Cox
"The cinéma vérité (or direct cinema) movement of the '50s and '60s was driven by a group of rebel filmmakers tired of stilted documentaries. They wanted to show life as it really is: raw, gritty, dramatic. Rich in excerpts from vérité classics ... this is the first film to capture all the excitement of a revolution that changed movie-making forever"--Container. Includes commentary by filmmakers, and explores vérité's influence in everything from TV news to music videos to Webcams.
Free cinema -- Leacock's lessons -- Working history -- Engineering art -- Camera as eye -- Active eye -- Absolute truth -- Vérité direct -- Schmeering truth -- Art vs. truth -- Dramatic conflict -- Politics of truth -- Subjective objectivity -- Living words -- The gaze -- Cutting truth -- Legacy -- Truth and consequences -- Fiction or faction -- Vérité goes Hollywood -- Vérité soap -- Re/processed vérité -- Chimera vérité -- Witness to the world
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