Film the Early Years of Film Review

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However, in spite of the fact that the film was promoted as a motion picture displaying real-life events, it appears that the director did not hesitate to modify a series of aspects about the environment that he shot in and the story itself. The protagonist's wife and children were not actually his and Flaherty correctly believed that audiences would be more deeply impressed if he presented the story from a more spectacular point-of-view. Even with this, one can still claim that the film is a documentary because it presents viewers with its own creation.

Many individuals took advantage of the fact that documentary films were very influential and devised propaganda strategies using motion pictures. Many individuals involved in this affair considered that fiction films no longer had a strong appeal and that society was more concerned about seeing 'cinema verite'. Many filmmakers got actively engaged in creating films discussing political topics with the purpose of influencing the masses in adopting particular attitudes in regard to the respective political concepts. In their determination to create films displaying reality, most of them failed to actually do so because of the fabricated scenes they introduced in their movies. Even with this, the general public gradually started to understand that the documentary film was a creation that is serious and that attempts to teach viewers something.
The curious thing about this is that many documentary filmmakers believe themselves to be storytellers instead of journalists (Aufderheide 1).

Documentaries generally do their best with the purpose of presenting viewers with ideas regarding real life. Their creators try to manipulate information as little as possible, but it is impossible for them to refrain from getting involved in altering it, considering that they want to send a message through these films and they focus on making sure that it is the correct message. The two world wars that occurred in the twentieth century presented film directors with the mission to portray warfare and to create propaganda motion pictures at the same time. Motion pictures such as Triumph of the Will are essential in presenting the world with feelings experienced during the Nazi regime. The fact that the director was particularly interested in Nazi ideas influenced her in creating a piece that was meant to be manipulative despite the fact that it appeared to be similar to a typical documentary film.

Works cited:

Aufderheide, Patricia, "Documentary Film: A Very Short Introduction," (Oxford University Press, 2007)

Ellis, Jack C. And McLane, Betsy a. "A new history of documentary film,"….....

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