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Considering John Grierson

Thursday, July 28th, 2011 -

“Advocate” is the chapter title in Erik Barnouw’s book Documentary discussing the era between the 1920’s and 1940’s in documentary filmmaking. John Grierson pioneered a completely different use for documentary film making, turning from observational to propaganda. (The distinction between documentary and fictional films was first made by Grierson. ) From most angles of modern scholarship, the term “propaganda” has negative connotations associated with Naziism or the Soviets’ Communism. But Grierson, a Briton who studied moral philosophy and then spent a great amount of time understanding American mindset, also used film for propaganda’s sake. By so doing, he found commercial success in the production of documentary film as propaganda. (more…)

BYU Studies: Mormons and Film

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009 -

BYU Studies Cover for Special Edition Mormons and FilmThis special edition of BYU Studies was published in 2007 and features Randy Astle’s comprehensive history of the film and its relation to the LDS Church. This well thought out history categorizes LDS Cinema into five distinct phases over the past 100 years and also features rare imagery from each period in question. The volume also features several other informative reads in the areas of critical thought relative to film. It is the only comprehensive text in print to treat the top of Mormon Cinema from a critical/historical perspecitve.

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