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The Direct Cinema of David and Albert Maysles
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Vogels outlines how the Maysles brothers blended a unique amalgam of direct cinema characteristics, a modern humanist aesthetic, and a collaborative working process that included other directors and editors. Looking at the films as both shapers and reflections of American culture, he points out that the works offer insights into a wide range of contemporary topics including materialism, celebrity, modern art, and the American family. In addition to describing the changes in technology that made direct cinema possible, Vogels provides careful, scene-by-scene analyses that allow for a consideration of the Maysles brothers’ films as films, a tactic not frequently employed in nonfiction film studies.

Table of Contents

  1. Front Cover
  2. p. 1
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  1. Copyright Page
  2. p. iv
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Illustrations
  2. p. ix
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  1. Preface: Fate, Faith, and Reality
  2. pp. xi-xiii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-xvi
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  1. 1. Direct Cinema and the Maysles Brothers
  2. pp. 1-19
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  1. 2. Celebrity and Authenticity: The Films of 1962–1966
  2. pp. 20-46
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  1. 3. Salesman and the Limits of Language
  2. pp. 47-73
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  1. 4. Can We See How They Look?: Observing the Rolling Stones in Gimme Shelter
  2. pp. 74-99
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  1. 5. Working Within the Limitation of Reality: The Christo Films
  2. pp. 100-123
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  1. 6. Looking into Grey Gardens
  2. pp. 124-157
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  1. 7. Taking Direct Cinema into the 1980s
  2. pp. 158-172
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  1. Filmography
  2. pp. 175-176
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 177-202
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 203-213
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 215-219
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  1. Author Bio
  2. p. 220
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  1. Back Cover
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