The New Social Documentary and Television

Friday, January 24, 2014, 1:30 p.m.

Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building

Includes the following films:

  • You Are on Indian Land

    1969. Canada. Directed by George Stoney, Mort Ransen. With the people of Akwesasne Mohawk Nation. 37 min.

  • So That Men Are Free

    1962. USA. Directed by Willard Van Dyke. With Walter Cronkite, Charles Kuralt. Music by George Antheil. 30 min.

  • Ireland: The Tear and the Smile

    1961. USA. Directed by Willard Van Dyke. With Brendan Behan, Walter Cronkite. 60 min.

In the tradition of the Lumiere Brothers, Robert Flaherty, Joris Ivens, and Pare Lorentz, film actualities played an increasingly important role in informing the public about their world, in many cases without losing cinematic artistry. The March of Time, beginning in the 1930s, and the proliferation of propaganda films during World War II paved the way for television documentaries and increasingly mobile cameras. Ultimately, a kind of “golden age” of documentaries would be realized in the works of Ken Burns and others.) Many of these documentaries had social implications, and this program offers a sampling of a few efforts from the 1960s.

In the Film exhibition An Auteurist History of Film

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