Criticism and Passion

At the start of this book, I made my plea for passion, commitment, and concern in general filmmaking. I very much believe these objectives also underpin the best of historical documentaries. But passion doesn't mean that anything goes, nor does commitment justify the making of sloppy history. In short, you should still be guided by Donald Watt's suggestions, however deeply involved you are with your subject.

The best of historical films reveal issues in a new way, bring enlightenment, and open new chapters in understanding. Three simple examples of what I have in mind can be found in Shoah, The Agony and the Pity, and

Homo Sapiens: 1900. Claude Lanzmann's Shoah painfully, unspectacu-larly, and, in the end, superbly detailed the nature and working of Nazi racial genocide. The Agony and the Pity, by Marcel Ophuls and Andre Harris, boldly challenged the myth of wartime resistance in Nazi-occupied France. The film flew against accepted French doctrines, was bitterly opposed when it appeared, but was gradually, finally accepted as being historically correct. And Peter Cohen's Homo Sapiens: 1900 detailed Nazi eugenics.

Film Making

Film Making

If you have ever wanted the secrets to making your own film, here it is: Indy Film Insider Tips And Basics To Film Making. Have you ever wanted to make your own film? Is there a story you want to tell? You might even think that this is impossible. Studios make films, not the little guy. This is probably what you tell yourself. Do you watch films with more than a casual eye? You probably want to know how they were able to get perfect lighting in your favorite scene, or how to write a professional screenplay.

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