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Radical Aspirations Historicized: The European Commitment to Political Documentary

Frances Guerin

in The Oxford Handbook of Film and Media Studies

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780195175967
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195175967.013.0005

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Radical Aspirations Historicized: The European Commitment to Political Documentary

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This article discusses the proposal that during the period under discussion here media images were more than just an inspiration and an enabler of various events in Europe. It goes beyond the observations of the uniqueness of the politically committed documentary, and tries to determine what happened to the political documentary in Europe during the 1920s and 1930s. The European films mentioned in this article were made before the collapse of the Eastern European dictatorships. The article also explains the use of television and other digital media in the people's revolutions of the former Communist bloc as a modern evolution of the politically committed documentary.

Keywords: media images; politically committed documentary; Europe; dictatorships; television; digital media; modern evolution

Article.  21774 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Film

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