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Expanded Documentary: The Aesthetics of Pleasure

Marley, K (2019) Expanded Documentary: The Aesthetics of Pleasure. InMedia : the French Journal of Media and Media Representations in the English-Speaking World. ISSN 2259-4728

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In this article I make the claim that aesthetic strategies associated with the Modernist avant-garde can provide a tangible source of entertainment for audiences. I contextualize this through Keith Beattie’s concept of “‘documentary display”’. I use the film work of others, as well as my own documentary practice, to illustrate this. In doing this, I offer an explanation of my intentions as a filmmaker in order to show how I aim to engage audiences in particular ways through the adoption of certain aesthetic approaches to documentary filmmaking. I also discuss my own concept of ‘expanded documentary’ in order to explain how alternative forms of exhibition, as well a specific aesthetic approaches to filmmaking, can be seen as having the principle of entertainment at documentary’s core. I build on Gene Youngblood’s work on “‘expanded cinema”’ and again use the work of others, as well as my own film practice, to illustrate this.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: documentary; film; modernist film
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1993 Motion Pictures
Divisions: Screen School
Publisher: Center for Research on the English-Speaking World (CREW)
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2019 10:04
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 09:21
DOI or ID number: 10.4000/inmedia.1748
Editors: Baqué, Z and Lipson, D
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/10774
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