This examination of the career of Julia Reichert-a three-time Oscar nominee, the recipient of two lifetime achievement awards, and the subject of a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in 2019-follows the trajectory of her oeuvre, which intertwines social commitment and aesthetic concern. Reichert's work is a rare example of U.S. working-class film art made about working-class people. Her career parallels the evolution of a genre of socially-committed documentary in the U.S.
Julia Reichert and the Work of Telling Working-Class Stories
Patricia Aufderheide is University Professor in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, DC, and the author of, among other books, Documentary Film: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2007) and (with Peter Jaszi) Reclaiming Fair Use: How to Put Balance Back in Copyright (University of Chicago Press, 2011).
Patricia Aufderheide; Julia Reichert and the Work of Telling Working-Class Stories. Film Quarterly 1 December 2019; 73 (2): 9–22. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fq.2019.73.2.9
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