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The documentary diariesWorking experiences of a non-fiction filmmaker$
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Alan Rosenthal

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781784993023

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781784993023.001.0001

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(p.95) 4 Inspiration
The documentary diaries

Alan Rosenthal

Manchester University Press

This chapter describes the life and work of a few filmmakers who have inspired the author, and set him an example as to how be a creative and moral filmmaker.George Stoney, the first to be described, gave Rosenthal his first job in New York,and then let the author sit in on his film classes at Columbia. A thirty year friendship then ensured, with Rosenthal following and admiring Stoney’s passion and work till Stoney died at the age of 96.The author also discusses a British documentary filmmaker, Antony Thomas,whose film “Death of a Princess”, with its criticism of social life in Saudi Arabia almost caused a diplomatic break between the UK and the Arab country.Rosenthal then talks about the passion and moral fervour of Thomas’s work which has seen films dissecting racialism in South Africa, the problems of Creationism, and difficulties in the Catholic church.

Keywords:   George Stoney, Antony Thomas, Death Princess, New York, Joris Ivens, All my babies, Morality, Apartheid

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