[AB#5] Film and reform: John Grierson and the documentary film movement

Aitken, I. (2013) Film and reform: John Grierson and the documentary film movement. London: Routledge.

John Grierson was the founder of the documentary film movement. Film and Reform identifies the major influence on John Grierson’s contribution to the movement during the interwar period. Using essays and other materials, Film and Reform claims that Grierson’s academic influence comes from philosophical idealism. Philosophical idealism is a group of philosophies which declare that reality is fundamentally mental. Aitken interprets how Grierson represents the relationship of film and reality. “In documentary we deal with the actual, and in one sense with the real” (Grierson, 145). This book is useful for me because it gives insight on how to stay faithful to “real reality” in documentaries.

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