Analysing Works of World Documentary 2

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303ADS2 ZK 1 12S Czech summer

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

The study aim is a detailed view of the changes of writer's signature of representative artists of documentary film whose pictures are viewed as the „close reading“ method, that is a careful research which starts in an autonomous art work.

Mode of study

A short introduction to the works of selected documentarists. Subsequently each student presents some of that persons films and presents prepared examples. Example analysis takes place in discussions about individual films.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Completion of faculty-wide lectures in the history of world film and world documentary film.

Course contents

This course begins with lectures in the history of world documentary film and in discussion circles focuses on a complete analysis of selected documentary works. Through detailed readings is enables a maleable image of the documentary canon. The basis will be supplemented with a library of selected world documentarists' works. The course focuses, primarily, on a glimpse into the development of the creative styles of selected filmmakers ia broad societal-historical and cultural context. The library of documentary film provides students with independent work with selected films so they may be able to present them to their colleagues including selected examples and prepared topics for discussion. Students aquire direct experience with various lines of documentary film development and, as well, a opportunity for their own interpretation of the selected work which is the fundamental element of the course. As a whole, with an introduction by the instructor to the work, individual contributions of the students and group discussions the course allows for a better knowledge of the work of a selected creator.

Recommended or required reading

The fundamental study material is selected films by these important documentary world filmmaker (alphabetically): Michel Brault, Raymond Depardon, Harun Farocki, Péter Forgács, Jean-Luc Godard, Bert Haanstra, Shohei Imamura, Joris Ivens, Johan van der Keuken, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Claude Lanzmann, Richard Leacock, Chris Marker, Jonas Mekas, Michael Moore, Errol Morris, Jean Painlevé, Artavadz Pelešjan, Jean Rouch, Ulrich Seidl, Alexander Sokurov, Frederick Wiseman


Barnouw, Erik: Documentary: A History of the Non-Fiction Film. 2. vyd. Oxford University Press, 1993. ISBN-10: 9780195078985

Ellis, Jack T.: New History of Documentary Film. 1. vyd. New York, Continuum, 2005. ISBN-10: 0826417515

Gauthier, Guy: Dokumentární film, jiná kinematografie. 1. vyd. Praha: Akademie múzických umění; Jihlava: Mezinárodní festival dokumentárních filmů Jihlava, 2004. ISBN 80-7331-023-6

Nichols, Bill: Úvod do dokumentárního filmu. 1. vyd. Praha: Akademie múzických umění v Praze; Jihlava: JSAF, Mezinárodní festival dokumentárních filmů Jihlava, 2010. ISBN 978-80-7331-181-0

Assessment methods and criteria

Conditions for successful completion of the course:

class attendance and participation

film presentations including selections of examples

completion of the semester paper (analytical texts about a selected film).



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