you must then answer 2 questions that relate to the topic and the film you watched from the list provided

Choose a film to watch from the following list. Make sure you view the official, uncut, correct version of the film if multiple films have the same title – check the year and director, when noted. Email me if any doubts:

1930s-1940s:

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  • À propos de Nice
  • The City (1939 film)
  • The Forgotten Frontier – 1931
  • Inside Nazi Germany
  • Krakatoa (1933 film)
  • Night Mail
  • Olympia (1938 Leni Riefenstahl film)
  • The Plow That Broke the Plains
  • The River (1938 film) – full film streaming in online Lecture notes
  • The Song of Ceylon – search for it on https://archive.org/
  • Three Songs About Lenin
  • Triumph of the Will – 1935

Recommended film – click here to watch on Amazon: Triumph of the Will or Olympia

  • The Battle of San Pietro
  • Blood of the Beasts
  • A Diary for Timothy – 1946
  • Fury in the Pacific
  • Lest We Forget (1947 film)
  • Let There Be Light (1946 film) – full film streaming in online Lecture notes
  • Library of Congress (1945 film)
  • Listen To Britain
  • Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress
  • Moscow Strikes Back – 1942
  • Native Land – 1942
  • Nuremberg Trials (1947 film)
  • The Quiet One (1948 film) – search for it on https://archive.org/
  • Van Gogh (1948 film)
  • Stalingrad – 1943
  • Target for Today – 1944
  • Target for Tonight – 1941
  • Why We Fight – Prelude to War – search for it on https://archive.org/

Recommended film – click here to watch on Amazon: Fury in the Pacific or The Battle of San Pietro or The Memphis Belle

DISCUSSION BOARD 2 1930s-1940s QUESTIONS – choose any 2 to answer in your Post:

1. Identify a supporting artifact used for evidence in this film – stills, text, graphic, music, archival footage, etc. – and discuss how effectively it was used to prove the filmmaker’s point, or if it could have been used better. Cite a specific example or moment from the film and discuss in detail.

2. Identify the degree of fictional devices used in the documentary – acting, scripting, lighting, etc. – and discuss if it would have been better made as a fiction film, or with less fictional techniques employed. Cite a specific example or moment from the film and discuss in detail.

3. Identify the POV of the filmmaker about the subject and discuss how it comes across. Should it be better hidden or if it is obvious, does it make the film better? Do you feel manipulated by the filmmaker, or is their POV too weak and impossible to ascertain? Cite a specific example or moment from the film and discuss in detail.

4. Identify if a narrator is used – is it a VOG narrator or something more subtle? Is this approach best for the subject, or should a different approach be used – discuss what kind and why. Cite a specific example or moment from the film and discuss in detail.

5. Identify if the documentary is a compilation found footage history film. Analyze if this is the best approach for the subject, or if a different strategy should have been used. Cite a specific example or moment from the film and discuss in detail.

6. Identify if this film is a classic Expository documentary – does it seem hysterical or slanted to one side, or is it a sober account of the facts? Discuss if you think it is a legitimate argument or if it is clearly biased and supporting a political, business or personal agenda. Cite a specific example or moment from the film and discuss in detail.

7. Does the documentary employ any semi-documentary or docufiction strategies? Discuss if this helps or hurts the way it covers the subject. Cite a specific example or moment from the film and discuss in detail.