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The New Chinese Documentary Film MovementFor the Public Record$
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Chris Berry, Xinyu Lu, and Lisa Rofel

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789888028528

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888028528.001.0001

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Excuse Me, Your Camera Is in My Face: Auteurial Intervention in PRC New Documentary

Excuse Me, Your Camera Is in My Face: Auteurial Intervention in PRC New Documentary

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(p.195) 11 Excuse Me, Your Camera Is in My Face: Auteurial Intervention in PRC New Documentary
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The New Chinese Documentary Film Movement
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Yomi Braester

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888028528.003.0011

This chapter looks at the the ethical issues that have been coming to the fore with the development of the New Documentary Movement. It challenges the presumption of cinematic objectivity in the movement, and focuses on the many instances of intrusion by the filmmaker into the scene, including prodding subjects into action. Analyzing four films in detail, the discussion not only raises questions about intrusions into others' seemingly private lives but also demonstrates how these intrusive films rely on a notion of auteurship that implicitly highlights the inherent theatricality behind the supposedly spontaneous interactions in other documentary films.

Keywords:   cinematic objectivity, film intrusion, private lives, auteurship, theatricality, director's intervention

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