Candid Eye?, The*

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Candid Eye?, The*

  • 1993 ----- color ----- 110 min ----- vhs
  • (Constructing Reality: Exploring Media Issues in Documentary series) Is there such a thing as a completely candid film? What difference does the presence of the camera make for those who are under its scrutiny? Should the filmmaker be an uninvolved fly-on-the-wall who records life as it happens, or an engaged participant? What ethical issues are involved in the making of a cinema verite documentary? Lonely Boy (27 min), this candid film portrayal of pop star Paul Anka as a young man is a classic cinema verite documentary. It sparks discussion about fame, the search for the person behind the mask, and more current verison of the "rockumentary"; Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Leonard Cohen (Excerpt) (11 min), in this segment from a portrait of the poet as a young man, Cohen screens footage of himself in the bath, on the street, and in bed, and muses about the supposedly candid nature of the rushes with director Donald Brittain; One More River (Excerpts) (14 min), a series of dispatches about the battle to integrate Mississippi during the 1960s (here, the filmmakers are active participants); Anybody's Son Will Do (57 min), an exploration of the training process used to turn 18-year-old civilians into dedicated Marines consists of cinema verite sequences, interviews, and commentary delivered by an on-screen host. (Closed-Captioned) (Donated by the Department of Canadian Studies) (Restricted to use by institutions of learning within the State of Washington only)
  • Topics: (Art, Audiovisual Education, Canadian Studies, Communications, Motion Pictures: Documentary)