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James Monaco <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 15 Feb 2006 21:13:07 -0500
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According to his son Nick Davis, "Hearts & Minds" Peter Davis had  
nothing to do with the Mandela and Apartheid films.


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On Feb 15, 2006, at 4:18 PM, Rupert Laurie wrote:

> Call for Papers
>   2006 Film and History Conference
>   “The Documentary Tradition”
>   AREA: Peter Davis
>   In a 1975 Cineaste article, Peter Biskind wrote, “Hearts and  
> Minds is the Vietnam film to end Vietnam films, a million dollar  
> Vietnam spectacular.  By deploying the vast resources of a major  
> Hollywood production company, wildly beyond anything imaginable by  
> the anti-war film-makers who labored doggedly on their grainy black  
> and white documentaries during the sixties, it reveals the  
> aspiration to have the last word, to get, finally, to the root of  
> the problem.”  As one can see, Peter Davis utilized techniques more  
> commonly found in fictional Hollywood productions when creating his  
> films, yet many consider him one of the foremost documentarians of  
> the late twentieth century.  Does Davis deserve this  
> “documentarian” title?  Do Davis’ politics influence the  
> presentation of his subject matter?  Does Peter Davis’ other films  
> including, The Selling of the Pentagon (1971), Winnie and Nelson  
> Mandela (1986), and In Darkest Hollywood: Cinema and Apartheid  
> (1993) follow the same patterns of
>  Hearts and Minds (1974)?  These questions along with many others  
> spring to mind when contemplating Peter Davis and his impact on the  
> documentary tradition, therefore, Film and History invites  
> submissions on all aspects of Peter Davis, his films, his  
> techniques, and his impact for its bi-annual conference.
>   Please submit your 200-250 word proposals to Laurie Rupert, Area  
> Chair, Department of English, Oklahoma State University 74978  
> through email [log in to unmask]  Panel proposals, for up to four  
> presenters, are also welcome, but each presenter must submit his or  
> her own paper proposal by 20 July 2006.
>   You can find information concerning the Film and History  
> Conference at  The conference runs from  
> Wednesday, 8 November 2006 to Sunday, 12 November 2006 at the Dolce  
> Convention Center near the Dallas Fort Worth Airport.    Guest  
> filmmakers are D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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