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Musikdokumentärers ”performance”: En analys av performance och dess betydelse för dokumentärt filmskapande
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
”Performance” in music documentaries : An analysis of “performance” and its importance for documentaries (English)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this essay is to examine the link between the fiction and non-fiction film and try to understand how a documentary is constructed through an analysis of “performance”. I am posing two questions:  

  • When it comes to documentary films, how can the music documentary be considered as an example of “performance”?
  • What does “performance” mean in relation to the music documentary film?

My theoretical point of departure is Stella Bruzzi’s work. I am analyzing three films which use the term “performance” in different ways; Don’t Look Back (1967) about Bob Dylan, Smith: Dream of Life (2008) about Patti Smith and Joy Division (2007) about the group Joy Division.

The conclusion of my thesis is that every film includes a construction, even a non-fiction film. “Performance” has always been the heart of documentary filmmaking, but the term got even more important during the development of the American direct cinema and the French cinema verité, in 1960s. From there on, the non-fiction film always includes parts of “performance”.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 36 p.
Keyword [en]
Music, documentaries, performance, Don't Look Back, Patti Smith:Dream of LIfe, Joy Division
Keyword [sv]
Musik, dokumentär, performance, Don't Look Back, Patti Smith: Dream of Life, Joy Division
National Category
Studies on Film
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-31154OAI: diva2:693070
Subject / course
Film Studies
Available from: 2014-02-04 Created: 2014-02-03 Last updated: 2014-02-04Bibliographically approved

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