In yesterday’s post, I asked whether the entertainment value documentaries offer will begin to outweigh their informative and social value, as they gradually become more and more popular. As I work on my draft for this week’s writing prompt, I feel that this is a fundamental question to consider. Essentially: are documentaries supposed to be subjective or objective? Or perhaps a little bit of both? Are they forms of journalism, art, or something else?  

Here are some notable quotes on documentaries I came across as I continue to consider their value and essence. Do you agree or disagree with the following quotes? Why? Feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of the page with your thoughts.  

“In feature films the director is God; in documentary films, God is the director.”

Alfred Hitchcock

“Every documentary is subjective. It’s a total lie to say there are objective documentaries.”

Pirjo Honkasalo

“Is the film more interesting than a documentary of the same actors having lunch?”

Gene Siskel

“Documentaries are the first line of education, and the second line of education is dramatization, such as ‘The Pacific’”

Steven Spielberg

“Documentaries are a form of journalism.”

Michael Moore

“A good documentary or educational film is not raw experience. The material has passed the mill of reason, it has been sifted and interpreted.”

Rudolph Arnheim

“Documentary film without nuanced journalistic sourcing risks being sensational, tendentious or broad-brushed.”

Naomi Wolf

“When I do documentaries, my best information ends up on the cutting-room floor. People have trouble dealing with sexual honesty.”

Betty Dodson

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