Grierson and the British Documentary Tradition
1. Grierson and British documentary
--Grierson's vision of documentary-
"creative treatment of actuality"--propaganda in the public interest
--basic concerns, ideas: work; the value of the everyday; documentary and the “hangover” effect
--Grierson vs. Flaherty
2. Grierson (see Ellis, Chapt. 5)
--compared to Flaherty—evidence in the films we’ve screened?
artist vs. propagandist
storyteller vs. rhetorician
explorer vs. teacher
man and nature vs. social relations
Some of Nichols's initial key concepts:
documentary vs. fiction
--"a world" VS. "the world"
--fiction has a metaphoric relationship to the real
--documentary and the indexical sign
--documentary as argument—what is the difference between presenting “facts” and presenting “arguments?”
claim(s)--what are we to believe? Accept?
Validity (connection between the claims and the evidence)