Lectures 2005
9/26/2020
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"The documentary language through the example of Panama Canal " Michalopoulou Eugenia

The lecture is separated in two parts: in the first part there is a short report in the history of documentary and its founders, in the acquaintance of the Greek people with the documentary and in the first effort to demarcate documentary from fiction movies. The most interesting parts are: the description of the documentary language that substantially comes from the cinema language and the documentary’s detachment from the creator’s personal opinion that is not always the aim of all directors. 

In the second part of lecture all the information that was reported in the first part are presented, in actual fact, through the example of documentary: "Τhe Panama Canal" which was made with the combination of text, pictures and video. The documentary reports the history of the canal, the life conditions of workers through the use of interviews, the difficulties of work, the illnesses, the deaths and future problems. Even if the interest of second part began from the study of canal’s construction,  this mechanic invention lost her meaning  because of  the  extent of human tragedy and  pain.  This is the reason why the social element is very intense during the presentation of the documentary