Film Essay: using the cinema to explore, investigate,¬† “essay” the world and experience.

Michel de Montaigne – “essai”
1) an attempt or effort
2) personal writing on a particular subject

Capturing the mundane real, “pure cinema”

Rain, Joris Ivens, 1929


Poetic real, surreal documentary

A propos de Nice – Jean Vigo, 1930


Fact and Fiction

F for Fake – Orson Welles, 1973


Combinatory, exploratory, travel

Sans soleil, Chris Marker, 1982


Screen Capture – media and mediation as topic

Parallel I-IV, 2014 – by Harun Farocki



Collage – text + voice, still + moving image

Histoire(s) du cinema, Jean-Luc Godard 1988-1998



Contemporary cinema essay

Hale County This Morning This Evening, -RaMell Ross, 2018

Hale County, AL is Subject of Poetic Documentary on Blackness and Everyday Life in the Black Belt



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