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The looking machine: Essays on cinema, anthropology and documentary filmmaking

David MacDougall


The looking machine calls for the redemption of documentary cinema, exploring the potential and promise of the genre at a time when it appears under increasing threat from reality television, historical re-enactments, designer packaging, and corporate authorship. The book consists of a set of essays each focused on a particular theme derived from the author’s own experience as a filmmaker. It provides a practice-based, critical perspective on the history of documentary, how films evoke space, time and physical sensations, questions of aesthetics, and the intellectual and emotional relationship ... More

Keywords: cinema, anthropology, filmmaking, documentary, film history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781526134097
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526134097.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David MacDougall, author
Honorary Professor in the Research School of Humanities and the Arts at the Australian National University, Canberra