A report on Documentary film

A 16 mm spring-wound Bolex "H16" Reflex camera—a popular entry-level camera used in film schools
The cover of Bolesław Matuszewski's 1898 book Une nouvelle source de l'histoire. (A New Source of History), the first publication about documentary function of cinematography.
Frame from one of Gheorghe Marinescu's science films (1899).
Geoffrey Malins with an aeroscope camera during World War I.
Nanook of the North poster.
In this shot from Walter Ruttmann's Berlin, Symphony of a Great City (1927), cyclists race indoors. The film is shot and edited like a visual-poem.
In this shot from Man with a Movie Camera, Mikhail Kaufman acts as a cameraman risking his life in search of the best shot
Conference of "World Union of documentary films" in 1948 Warsaw featured famous directors of the era: Basil Wright (on the left), Elmar Klos, Joris Ivens (2nd from the right), and Jerzy Toeplitz.
Lennart Meri (1929–2006), the second President of the Republic of Estonia, directed documentaries several years before his presidency. His film The Winds of the Milky Way won a silver medal at the New York Film Festival in 1977.
film team at Port of Dar es Salaam with two ferries

Non-fictional motion-picture intended to "document reality, primarily for the purposes of instruction, education or maintaining a historical record".

- Documentary film
A 16 mm spring-wound Bolex "H16" Reflex camera—a popular entry-level camera used in film schools

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Direct cinema

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Direct cinema is a documentary genre that originated between 1958 and 1962 in North America, principally in the Canadian province of Quebec and the United States, and developed by Jean Rouch in France.

Cinéma vérité

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Cinéma vérité (,, ; "truthful cinema") is a style of documentary filmmaking developed by Edgar Morin and Jean Rouch, inspired by Dziga Vertov's theory about Kino-Pravda.

Moana, by Robert Flaherty, the first docufiction in film history (1926)

Docufiction

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Moana, by Robert Flaherty, the first docufiction in film history (1926)
Robert Flaherty

Docufiction (or docu-fiction) is the cinematographic combination of documentary and fiction, this term often meaning narrative film.

John Grierson (right) with Bolivian filmmaker Jorge Ruiz in 1955

John Grierson

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John Grierson (right) with Bolivian filmmaker Jorge Ruiz in 1955
John Grierson (right) with Bolivian filmmaker Jorge Ruiz in 1955
John Grierson (left), Chairman of the Wartime Information Board, meeting with Ralph Foster, Head of Graphics, National Film Board of Canada, to examine a series of posters produced by the National Film Board of Canada

John Grierson CBE (26 April 1898 – 19 February 1972) was a pioneering Scottish documentary maker, often considered the father of British and Canadian documentary film.

Vertov ( David Kaufman) in 1913

Dziga Vertov

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Vertov ( David Kaufman) in 1913
Poster for Kino-Eye, designed by Alexander Rodchenko (1924)

Dziga Vertov (Дзига Вертов, born David Abelevich Kaufman, Дави́д А́белевич Ка́уфман, and also known as Denis Kaufman; 2 January 1896 – 12 February 1954) was a Ukrainian Soviet pioneer documentary film and newsreel director, as well as a cinema theorist.

Wedding of Moana

Moana (1926 film)

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Wedding of Moana
Wedding of Moana
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Moana is a 1926 American silent documentary film, or more strictly a work of docufiction, which was directed by Robert J. Flaherty, creator of Nanook of the North (1922).

Poster for The Great Blondino, a 1960s counterculture film directed by Robert Nelson and William T. Wiley

Experimental film

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Mode of filmmaking that rigorously re-evaluates cinematic conventions and explores non-narrative forms or alternatives to traditional narratives or methods of working.

Mode of filmmaking that rigorously re-evaluates cinematic conventions and explores non-narrative forms or alternatives to traditional narratives or methods of working.

Poster for The Great Blondino, a 1960s counterculture film directed by Robert Nelson and William T. Wiley
Lithuanian artist Jonas Mekas, regarded as godfather of American avant-garde cinema

The term experimental film describes a range of filmmaking styles that frequently differ from, and are often opposed to, the practices of mainstream commercial and documentary filmmaking.

Robert J. Flaherty

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R.J. Flaherty taking a movie, Port Harrison, QC, 1920-21
BBC publicity shot of The Last Voyage of Captain Grant BBC TV 1938
Nyla, who played the role of the wife of Nanook and her child

Robert Joseph Flaherty, (February 16, 1884 – July 23, 1951) was an American filmmaker who directed and produced the first commercially successful feature-length documentary film, Nanook of the North (1922).

David (left) and Albert Maysles c. 1968

Albert and David Maysles

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David (left) and Albert Maysles c. 1968
David (left) and Albert Maysles c. 1968
Albert Maysles and Antonio Ferrera at the 68th Annual Peabody Awards in 2009

Albert Maysles (November 26, 1926 – March 5, 2015) and his brother David Maysles (January 10, 1931 – January 3, 1987; ) were an American documentary filmmaking team known for their work in the Direct Cinema style.

Western films are those "set in the American West that embod[y] the spirit, the struggle and the demise of the new frontier." Pictured: Clint Eastwood in the Spaghetti Western film A Fistful of Dollars (1964).

Film genre

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Stylistic or thematic category for motion pictures based on similarities either in the narrative elements, aesthetic approach, or the emotional response to the film.

Stylistic or thematic category for motion pictures based on similarities either in the narrative elements, aesthetic approach, or the emotional response to the film.

Western films are those "set in the American West that embod[y] the spirit, the struggle and the demise of the new frontier." Pictured: Clint Eastwood in the Spaghetti Western film A Fistful of Dollars (1964).
War film or anti-war movie: Lewis Milestone's All Quiet on the Western Front, 1930

Alan Williams distinguishes three main genre categories: narrative, avant-garde, and documentary.