Cinema Verite: Defining The Moment

Peter Wintonick, codirector of Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media does a pretty good job of surveying the direct cinema movement of the 50s and 60s promulgated by filmmakers and filmmaking units in France, Canada, the U.S. and elsewhere, such as Jean Rouch, Leacock-Pennebaker, and the Maysyles brothers. Most of what the filmmakers themselves have to say is interesting, and Kirwan Cox’s script for this 1999 documentary seems well researched. 103 min. (JR)

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