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The Challenge of the Animated Documentary

Author(s): Nadezhda Marinchevska
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: Traditionally film theory accepts that documentary and animation films are at the two opposite poles of film expression. But during the last decade a raised interest in the so called animated documentary can be observed. Films, such as Ryan by Chris Landreth (2004), Persepolis by Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi (2007) or Waltz with Bashir by Ari Folman (2008) have not only won prestigious awards but have created a new tendency in world cinema. The study examines this unusual combination of real life facts with the symbolism and synthetic generalization which animation imagery attributes to the realistic story. Is fact being transformed? Is authenticity lost? Is it possible that the viewer 'trusts' a life story and authentic personages which are drawn? This new circle of theoretical questions is examined in the article. The animation-documentary hybrid film form successfully masters new thematic territories - the psychological analysis and even the realm of the subconscious - territories which up to now have not been the strong points neither of animation nor of documentary films.

  • Issue Year: 2009
  • Issue No: 5
  • Page Range: 323-328
  • Page Count: 6
  • Language: Bulgarian