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Real DeceptionsThe Contemporary Reinvention of Realism$
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Jennifer Friedlander

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190676124

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190676124.001.0001

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Documentary Real-ism

Documentary Real-ism

Catfish and This Is Not a Film

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(p.31) Chapter 2 Documentary Real-ism
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Real Deceptions
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Jennifer Friedlander

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190676124.003.0003

This chapter considers two recent films, Catfish (Ariel Schulman and Henry Joust) and This Is Not a Film (Jafar Panahi), with a view to arguing how the most prized indicators of filmic realism can function as signs of lapses in the realist edifice. It argues that such signs function as pointers to the elusive truth characteristic of what will be called “Real-ism” — that is, hints of the Real that emerge precisely when the symbolic framework governing reality becomes imperiled. In particular, these films exploit the realist conventions that lend credibility to the documentary form in a way that not only demonstrates the commonplace expectation that what is presented as truth might turn out to be a fiction but also shows the more radical possibility that fiction may pave the pathway for arriving at truth.

Keywords:   Catfish, This Is Not a Film, documentary, André Bazin, dissensus, the unrepresentable, the Real

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