Soul of the Documentary
Soul of the Documentary
Framing, Expression, Ethics
eBook PDF
Number of pages
Publication date
15.6 x 23.4 cm
Also available as
Paperback - € 41,95
Table of Contents
Show Table of ContentsHide Table of Contents
Acknowledgments Prologue: capturing a world of becoming PART 1 IMAGINATION: RELATIONAL DOCUMENTS Chapter 1: Frames of the photograph Chapter 2: A documentary fable PART 2 FABULATION: DOCUMENTARY VISIONS Chapter 3: Making up legends Chapter 4: Acts of resistance PART 3 AFFECTION: DOCUMENTING THE POTENTIAL Chapter 5: Moments of affection Chapter 6: The primacy of feeling Epilogue: ethics of sustainability Notes Works Cited Index

Reviews and Features

"Documentary does not simply document what is; it presses reality to reveal what is to come. This thrillingly original and well-argued book brings a shot of energy to studies of documentary cinema, film theory, and the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze. Ilona Hongisto shows that documentary cinema is an active space of becoming, whose power lies not in indexicality but in capture, the selection of certain aspects of the real to actualize. Her analysis of the aesthetics of the documentary frame, which captures and expresses according to the distinct operations of imagination, fabulation, and affection, will inspire scholars and filmmakers alike." -- Laura U. Marks, School for the Contemporary Arts, Simon Fraser University

'With this book, Hongisto breaks new ground. She introduces a fresh vocabulary to explore our experience of documentary reality as a becoming, a transit zone between what is and what is not yet. There is a deep purpose here: to reconsider how we engage with and understand documentary film, and perhaps cinema itself.' -- Bill Nichols, author of Introduction to Documentary and a regular consultant with filmmakers

Ilona Hongisto

Soul of the Documentary

Framing, Expression, Ethics

Soul of the Documentary offers a groundbreaking new approach to documentary cinema. Ilona Hongisto stirs current thinking by suggesting that the work of documentary films is not reducible to representing what already exists. By close-reading a diverse body of films - from The Last Bolshevik to Grey Gardens - Hongisto shows how documentary cinema intervenes in the real by framing it and creatively contributes to its perpetual unfolding. The emphasis on framing brings new urgency to the documentary tradition and its objectives, and provokes significant novel possibilities for thinking about the documentary's ethical and political potentials in the contemporary world.

Ilona Hongisto

Ilona Hongisto is an Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Fellow in the department of Media Studies at The University of Turku, Finland, and an Honorary Fellow at the Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne, Australia