7. Documentary and Documentary Realism

  1. Drew Casper

Published Online: 3 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444395242.ch7

Hollywood Film 1963-1976: Years of Revolution and Reaction

Hollywood Film 1963-1976: Years of Revolution and Reaction

How to Cite

Casper, D. (2011) Documentary and Documentary Realism, in Hollywood Film 1963-1976: Years of Revolution and Reaction, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444395242.ch7

Author Information

  1. University of Southern California, School of the Cinematic Arts, Los Angeles, CA 90089-2211, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 SEP 2012
  2. Published Print: 11 MAR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405188272

Online ISBN: 9781444395242



  • style, documentary and Documentary Realism;
  • UK/European documentary film, Neo-Realism - and British documentary/fiction amalgam, impacting Hollywood during and after WWII;
  • postwar Documentary Realism, 1960s and 1970s - becoming more ubiquitous;
  • Brit documentary veteran Richard Leacock, revitalizing US documentary - brand, called “Direct Cinema”;
  • offshoot of France's Nouvelle Vague, cinéma vérité - its debt to Vertov, sharing its production methods and techniques with “Direct Cinema”;
  • Documentary Realism, and the episodic structure - Brooks's Bite the Bullet, C, 1975;
  • soundtracks, with ambient sound - Ice Station Zebra, loaded with a submarine's bleeps and pocketa-queeps;
  • Documentary Realism's tone, scale from earnest to a fiery - look-something's-got-to-be-done-about-this-problem-right-now kind of committal;
  • Reed's The Agony and the Ecstasy (TCF, 1965) - a 13-minute prelude, Michelangelo's artistry assembled by scholar Vincenzo Labella