ABSTRACT Why is nature filmmaking generally absent from histories and theorizations of cinema, and why do films like March of the Penguins receive such grudging attention from serious critics? By exploring ideological dimensions of two formative influences (Jean Painlevéé and the Disney True-Life Adventures), along with a recent National Geographic special on the Sonoran desert and the film Microcosmos, MacDonald demonstrates why nature film should be taken seriously.
Up Close and Political: THREE SHORT RUMINATIONS ON IDEOLOGY IN THE NATURE FILM
SCOTT MACDONALD'sA Critical Cinema 4: Interviews with Independent Filmmakers (University of California Press) was published in 2004; A Critical Cinema 5, in 2005. The Garden in the Machine: A Field Guide to Independent Films about Place (California) appeared in 2002. He teaches at Hamilton College.
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SCOTT MACDONALD; Up Close and Political: THREE SHORT RUMINATIONS ON IDEOLOGY IN THE NATURE FILM. Film Quarterly 1 March 2006; 59 (3): 4–21. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2006.59.3.4
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