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)

 

--background?

 

--contributions?

 

--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?

Evidence

Validity (connection between the claims and the evidence)