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Poetics of the uncanny : Jean Painlevé, documentary display, and documentary theory

Beattie, Keith 2006, Poetics of the uncanny : Jean Painlevé, documentary display, and documentary theory, in XIIIth Biennial Conference of the Film and History Association Melbourne, Film and History Association, Melbourne, Vic..

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Title Poetics of the uncanny : Jean Painlevé, documentary display, and documentary theory
Author(s) Beattie, Keith
Conference name Film and History Association. Biennial Conference(13th : 2006 : Melbourne, Vic.)
Conference location Melbourne, Vic.
Conference dates 16-19 Nov. 2006
Title of proceedings XIIIth Biennial Conference of the Film and History Association Melbourne
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2006
Conference series Film and History Association Biennial Conference
Publisher Film and History Association
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Summary In Grierson's theory of documentary, films of the so-called cinema of attractions were relegated to the position of 'lower forms' in contrast to his description of documentary as a form of civic pedagogy. The modes and forms of a cinema of attractions, which form what is here referred to as the practice of documentary display, did not disappear with the ascendency of Griersonian documentary; instead such approaches continued to inform avant-garde film. This paper examines the connections between nonfiction documentations and avant-garde film- and the resultant implications of this meeting for documentary film theory- through an analysis of the film and critical writings of Jean Painlevé (1902-1989). Painlevé, whom, according to Bazin, 'occupies a singular and privileged place in French cinema', informed his understandings of documentary through contact with, among others, Buñuel, Man Ray, Bataille, Eisenstein, and Grierson. The analysis of Painlevé's surrealist documentary display and his extensive body of critical literature on documentary foregrounds overlooked documentary works and constructs, or resurrects, ignored perspectives on documentary film as a way of extending and revising documentary film theory and the documentary canon.

Language eng
Field of Research 190201 Cinema Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950205 Visual Communication
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30016118

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