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Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary (2008)





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Documentary's most important names -- including Albert Mayles, Errol Morris, and Werner Herzog -- discuss their craft in this cinematic celebration of the nonfiction film. Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary spans the modern history of the genre, boasting more than 100 clips from films as disparate as Grey Gardens and Touching the Void. Plus, dozens of directors offer their insight into their efforts to document real life. ~ Kimber Myers, Rovi
Documentary , Musical & Performing Arts , Television
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Critic Reviews for Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary

All Critics (1)

...almost an overload of information but does a terrific job in giving voice to a diversity of people in the docu industry and their varied opinions.

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Audience Reviews for Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary

Turning the lens and the question of storyline back onto those artists that call themselves Documentary Filmmakers. With only a few brief doc excerpts, several aspects of motivation are revealed: how these individuals see themselves, their films, and the personal reward of finding a story worth retelling. Fortunately, Moore wasn't interviewed though he gets mentioned by some of his peers.

Christopher Bergan
Christopher Bergan

More insightful than a lot of documentaries on cinema, but not as insightful as the best of them.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

Notable directors such as Werner Herzog, Nick Broomfield and Errol Morris discussing the art, craft and unique challenges of nonfiction filmmaking. The real value in this documentary is that it emphasizes the differing theories on just exactly what a documentary should be. There is no one right way to produce and film a documentary. Some directors like to film their interviewees when least expected to capture as much of the interviewees real character as possible, while others (like acclaimed director Werner Herzog, and one of my personal favorites) prefer to embellish the truth slightly to better establish a literary theme in the documentary. Also, beside the sheer ideas this picture provides for student filmmakers, there are also clips from a wide variety of acclaimed documentaries for those looking for good ideas on what documentaries to watch. Capturing Reality: The art of Documentary is a great source for those who want to better understand what non-fiction filmmaking is.

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