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‘The Creative Treatment of Actuality’: John Grierson, Documentary Cinema and ‘Fact’ in the 1930s

Laura Marcus

in Intermodernism

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780748635092
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651924 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635092.003.0011
‘The Creative Treatment of Actuality’: John Grierson, Documentary Cinema and ‘Fact’ in the 1930s

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This chapter discusses documentary cinema and film journalism, taking a look at the films produced by John Grierson, such as Night Mail and Coal Face. It studies the idea of an intermodern sense of the complexity of ‘actuality’ and also presents the possible interdisciplinary future for intermodernism studies.

Keywords: documentary cinema; film journalism; John Grierson; intermodern sense; actuality; interdisciplinary future; intermodernism studies

Chapter.  8558 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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