HAA 1820 Documentary Film

This course examines the development of documentary film from the late 19th century to the present. The films to be considered include such classics as Nanook of the North, Man with a Movie Camera, Triumph of the Will, and Titicut Follies. The premise of the course is that documentaries are never "objective" in any absolute sense. The course will demonstrate, rather, that the forms and strategies employed in a documentary film invariably reveal the thinking of the filmmaker as an individual, and reveal the era and context in which the film was made.