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University of Minnesota Press
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Fake documentaries mimic documentary genre expectations, unraveling the documentary’s authority and dismantling understandings of identity, history, and nation. The interdisciplinary essays in F Is for Phony discuss a broad scope of works and explore issues raised by “fake docs” such as the fiction/documentary divide, the ethics of reality-based manipulation, and whether documentariness derives from form or reception.

Defining the borderline between fact and fiction, the contributors reveal what fake documentaries imply and usually make explicit: that many documentaries lie to tell the truth, and that the truth is relative.

Contributors: Steve Anderson, Catherine L. Benamou, Mitchell W. Block, Luis Buñuel, Marlon Fuentes, Craig Hight, Charlie Keil, Alisa Lebow, Eve Oishi, Robert F. Reid-Pharr, Gregorio C. Rocha, Jane Roscoe, Catherine Russell, Elisabeth Subrin.

Alexandra Juhasz is professor of media studies at Pitzer College. She is author of Women of Vision: Histories in Feminist Film and Video (Minnesota, 2001).

Jesse Lerner is associate professor of media studies at Pitzer College.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, About the Series, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Introduction: Phony Definitions and Troubling Taxonomies of the Fake Documentary
  2. Alexandra Juhasz, Jesse Lerner
  3. pp. 1-36
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  1. Part I. History as Bunk
  2. pp. 37-38
  1. 1 Steel Engines and Cardboard Rockets: The Status of Fiction and Nonfiction in Early Cinema
  2. Charlie Keil
  3. pp. 39-49
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  1. 2 La Venganza de Pancho Villa: A Lost and Found Border Film
  2. Gregorio C. Rocha
  3. pp. 50-58
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  1. 3 Trashing Shulie: Remnants from Some Abandoned Feminist History
  2. Elisabeth Subrin
  3. pp. 59-66
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  1. 4 No Lies about Ruins
  2. Jesse Lerner
  3. pp. 67-75
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  1. 5 The Past in Ruins: Postmodern Politics and the Fake History Film
  2. Steve Anderson
  3. pp. 76-88
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  1. Part II. Double-Cross Cultural Filmmaking
  2. pp. 89-90
  1. 6 Land without Bread
  2. Luis Buñuel
  3. pp. 91-98
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  1. 7 Surrealist Ethnography: Las Hurdes and the Documentary Unconscious
  2. Catherine Russell
  3. pp. 99-115
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  1. 8 Extracts from an Imaginary Interview: Questions and Answers about Bontoc Eulogy
  2. Marlon Fuentes
  3. pp. 116-129
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  1. 9 Makes Me Feel Mighty Real: The Watermelon Woman and the Critique of Black Visuality
  2. Robert F. Reid-Pharr
  3. pp. 130-140
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  1. Part III. Deception
  2. pp. 141-142
  1. 10 The Artifice of Realism and the Lure of the “Real” in Orson Welles’s F for Fake and Other T(r)eas(u)er(e)s
  2. Catherine L. Benamou
  3. pp. 143-170
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  1. 11 Forgotten Silver: A New Zealand Television Hoax and Its Audience
  2. Craig Hight, Jane Roscoe
  3. pp. 171-186
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  1. 12 The Truth about No Lies (If You Can Believe It)
  2. Mitchell W. Block
  3. pp. 187-195
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  1. 13 Screen Memories: Fakeness in Asian American Media Practice
  2. Eve Oishi
  3. pp. 196-220
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  1. Part IV. Conclusions
  2. pp. 221-222
  1. 14 Faking What? Making a Mockery of Documentary
  2. Alisa Lebow
  3. pp. 223-237
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  1. 15 As a Finale: Reflections on a Phantasm
  2. Alexandra Juhasz, Jesse Lerner
  3. pp. 238-240
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  1. Filmography
  2. Nizan Shaked
  3. pp. 241-244
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 245-248
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 249-255
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