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Excuse Me, Your Camera Is in My Face: Auteurial Intervention in PRC New Documentary

Yomi Braester

in The New Chinese Documentary Film Movement

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9789888028528
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207202 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888028528.003.0011
Excuse Me, Your Camera                             Is in My Face: Auteurial Intervention in PRC New Documentary

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This chapter looks at the the ethical issues that have been coming to the fore with the development of the New Documentary Movement. It challenges the presumption of cinematic objectivity in the movement, and focuses on the many instances of intrusion by the filmmaker into the scene, including prodding subjects into action. Analyzing four films in detail, the discussion not only raises questions about intrusions into others' seemingly private lives but also demonstrates how these intrusive films rely on a notion of auteurship that implicitly highlights the inherent theatricality behind the supposedly spontaneous interactions in other documentary films.

Keywords: cinematic objectivity; film intrusion; private lives; auteurship; theatricality; director's intervention

Chapter.  8802 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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