The Right to Play Oneself: Looking Back on Documentary Film (Visible Evidence)

The Right to Play Oneself: Looking Back on Documentary Film (Visible Evidence)

Thomas Waugh


The correct to Play Oneself collects for the 1st time Thomas Waugh’s essays at the politics, heritage, and aesthetics of documentary movie, written among 1974 and 2008. The name, encouraged by means of Walter Benjamin’s and Joris Ivens’s manifestos of “committed” documentary from the nineteen 0s, displays the book’s subject matter of the political capability of documentary for representing the democratic functionality of voters and artists.
Waugh analyzes an eclectic overseas number of movies and matters from the Twenties to the current day. The essays supply a transcultural concentration, relocating from documentaries of the industrialized societies of North the USA and Europe to these of Eighties India and addressing such canonical administrators as Dziga Vertov, Emile de Antonio, Barbara Hammer, Rosa von Praunheim, and Anand Patwardhan. Woven in the course of the quantity is the connection of the documentary with the historical past of the Left, together with discussions of LGBT documentary pioneers and the firebrand collectives that modified the historical past of documentary, equivalent to problem for switch and ACT UP’s Women’s Collective.
Together with the advent by way of the writer, Waugh’s essays enhance a defiantly and persuasively own viewpoint at the heritage and value of documentary film.

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