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D.A. Pennebaker

Keith Beattie


This volume is the first book-length study of the extensive career and prolific works of D. A. Pennebaker, one of the pioneers of direct cinema, a documentary form that emphasizes observation and a straightforward portrayal of events. With a career spanning decades, Pennebaker's many projects have included avant-garde experiments (Daybreak Express), ground-breaking television documentaries (Primary), celebrity films (Don't Look Back), concert films (Monterey Pop), and innovative fusions of documentary and fiction (Maidstone). Exploring the concept of “performing the real,” the book's analysis ... More

Keywords: direct cinema, D. A. Pennebaker, documentary filmmaking, celebrity films, concert films, New American Cinema, filmography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780252036590
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252036590.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Keith Beattie, author
Deakin University

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