The Essay Film: Problems, Definitions, Textual Commitments

  title={The Essay Film: Problems, Definitions, Textual Commitments},
  author={Laura Rascaroli},
  journal={Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media},
  pages={24 - 47}
  • Laura Rascaroli
  • Published 1 October 2008
  • Art
  • Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media
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