The Conscience of Cinema

The Works of Joris Ivens 1926-1989

Thomas Waugh

The Conscience of Cinema

Thomas Waugh

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

500 pages | 120 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2016
Cloth $124.00 ISBN: 9789089647535 Published July 2016 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
This is the first book to survey the entire career of Joris Ivens, a prolific documentary filmmaker who worked on every continent over the course of seven decades. More than a biography of a leftist committed to changing the world through film, The Conscience of Cinema is also a microcosmic history of the documentary and its form, culture, and place within twentieth-century world cinema. Ivens worked in almost every genre, including the essay, compilation, hybrid dramatization, socialist realism, and more. Whether in his native Netherlands, the Soviet Union, the United States, Vietnam, or beyond, he left an indelible artistic and political mark that continues to resonate in the twenty-first century.
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