The essay film after fact and fiction is unfailingly lucid balanced and informed alter provides generous and illuminating analyses of specific films filmmakers and decisive shifts in the arts and media history. The artist essay expanding the field and the turn to video new migrations third cinema and the essay film beyond the cinematic screen installations and the internet. The essay film after fact and fiction locates the genres origins in early silent cinema and follows its transformation with the advent of sound its legitimation in the postwar period and its multifaceted development at the turn of the millennium. And while noir despite its occasional shadings over into semi documentary during the 1940s remains bound to fictional narratives the essay film moves blithely between the realms of fiction and non fiction complicating the terms of both. Essay films are arguably the most innovative and popular form of filmmaking since the 1990s wrote timothy corrigan in his notable 2011 book the essay filmtrue perhaps but mention of the genre to your average joe wont spark the instant recognition of todays romcoms sci fis and period dramas
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