I would also suggest looking at Jean Rouch/Edgar Morin's _CHRONIQUE D'UN
ETE_ ('Chronicle of a Summer': France, 1961) as an example that illuminates
the blurring of the boundaries around and between reality and fiction,
actor and character (along with the Cassavetes films). Morin's interviews
with Marilou are particularly interesting. Also the Jean-Louis Comolli
essay 'Le detour par le direct' in _Realism and the Cinema_ (ed.
Christopher Williams) might likewise help you think about performance and
its virtuality, where by the performance of/by the subject problematises
the boundary between the conscious act of performing and the performance
generated by the documentary.
At 07:33 PM 3/3/00 -0500, you wrote:
>Gregory: For starters, I suggest you find yourself a book on cinema verite.
>Simply put, CV involves long, unedited shots, some improvisation among the
>actors, and a type of pseudo-documentary approach. Try to find the films
>of John Cassavetes (e.g: FACES, 1968: Husbands, 1970). Also Italian
>neo-realist cinema of the forties, such as ROME, OPEN CITY and THE BICYCLE
>THIEF, is a type of cinema verite, often with non-professional actors. The
>TV shows such as Jerry Springer tend to use long camera shots, amateur
>performers who have no doubt been rehearsed, but likely with some
>improvisation to hold the attention of the viewers. Incidentally, aren't
>university students expected to be able to spell any more? Though these may
>be typos, see infomation (information), greatfully (gratefully), and
>recieved (received) in your email.
>> From: Gregory Webster <[log in to unmask]>
>> To: [log in to unmask]
>> Subject: Cinema-verite
>> Date: Thursday, March 02, 2000 11:07 AM
>> Dear all:
>> I am a student at middlesex university, and, my latest
>> project is a presentation on cinema-verite-but
>> relating it to TV shows such as Jerry Springer, and
>> docusoaps etc any infomation will be greatfully
>> Gregory Webster
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