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

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Hardback 352 Pages / Published: 12/05/2011
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The Right to Play Oneself collects for the first time Thomas Waugh\u2019s essays on the politics, history, and aesthetics of documentary film, written between 1974 and 2008. The title, inspired by Walter Benjamin\u2019s and Joris Ivens\u2019s manifestos of \u201ccommitted\u201d documentary from the 19 0s, reflects the book\u2019s theme of the political potential of documentary for representing the democratic performance of citizens and artists.Waugh analyzes an eclectic international selection of films and issues from the 1920s to the present day. The essays provide a transcultural focus, moving from documentaries of the industrialized societies of North America and Europe to those of 1980s India and addressing such canonical directors as Dziga Vertov, Emile de Antonio, Barbara Hammer, Rosa von Praunheim, and Anand Patwardhan. Woven through the volume is the relationship of the documentary with the history of the Left, including discussions of LGBT documentary pioneers and the firebrand collectives that changed the history of documentary, such as Challenge for Change and ACT UP\u2019s Women\u2019s Collective. Together with the introduction by the author, Waugh\u2019s essays advance a defiantly and persuasively personal point of view on the history and significance of documentary film.

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 9780816645862
Number of pages: 352
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"For decades now, Thomas Waugh has worked at the forefront of documentary media studies. This collection of his essays on documentary shows his international range, rigorous historical analysis, commitment to media as an active force for political enlightenment and change, and hallmark wit in full force. Waugh provides a crucial foundation for discerning what's at stake in the evolving world of documentary media." -Chuck Kleinhans, coeditor of JUMP CUT: A Review of Contemporary Media


"There is no one quite like Thomas Waugh. As this glorious collection shows, while always alert and responsive to changes in documentary and attitudes towards documentary, he has more than thirty-five years remained true. He is committed to commitment. With his wit, lightly worn self-awareness, and wonderfully uncloying sense of caring, he lets us too see and hear why documentary-and the world-matters." -Richard Dyer, author of The Matter of Images: Essays on Representations

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