The Essay Film: Problems, Definitions, Textual Commitments

@article{Rascaroli2008TheEF,
  title={The Essay Film: Problems, Definitions, Textual Commitments},
  author={Laura Rascaroli},
  journal={Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media},
  year={2008},
  volume={49},
  pages={24 - 47}
}
  • Laura Rascaroli
  • Published 1 October 2008
  • Art
  • Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media
The label "essay film" is encountered with ever-increasing frequency in both film reviews and scholarly writings on the cinema, owing to the recent proliferation of unorthodox, personal, reflexive "new" documentaries. In an article dedicated to the phenomenon that he defines as the "recent onslaught of essay films," Paul Arthur proposes: "Galvanized by the intersection of personal, subjective and social history, the essay has emerged as the leading nonfiction form for both intellectual and… 
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