Documentary film bibliography

by Jack Ellis

from Jump Cut, no. 23, Oct. 1980, pp. 30-31
copyright Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media, 1980, 2005


Baechlin, Peter and Maurice Muller-Strauss. Newsreels Across the World. Paris: UNESCO, 1952. 100 pp.

Barnouw, Erik. Documentary: A History of the Non-Fiction Film. New York: Oxford University Press, 1974. 332 pp.

Barsam, Richard Meran. Nonfiction Film: A Critical History. New York: Dutton, 1973. 332 pp.

Barsam, Richard Meran (ed.). Nonfiction Film Theory and Criticism. New York: Dutton, 1976. 382 pp.

Benoit-Levy, Jean. The Art of the Motion Picture. New York: Coward-Mccann, 1946. 263 pp.

Berg-Pan, Renata. Leni Riefenstahl. Boston: Twayne, 1978.

Beveridge, James. John Grierson: Film Master. New York: Macmillan, 1978. 361 pp.

Brownlow, Kevin. The War, the West and the Wilderness. New York: Knopf, 1979.

Delmar, Rosalind. Joris Ivens: 50 Years of Film-making. London: British Film Institute, c. 1979.

Feldman, Seth R. Dziga Vertov: A Guide to References and Resources. Boston: G.K. Hall, 1979. 232 pp.

Grierson, John. Grierson on Documentary. Compiled and edited by Forsyth Hardy. New York: Praeger, 1972. 411 pp.

Hardy, Forsyth. John Grierson: A Documentary Biography. London: Faber and Faber, 1979. 298 pp.

Hughes, Robert (ed.). Film: Book I: The Audience and the Filmmaker. New York: Grove, 1959. 192 pp.

Hughes, Robert (ed.). Film: Book 2: Films of Peace and War. New York: Grove, 1962. 255 pp.

Issari, M. Ali. Cinema Verité. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 1971. 208 pp.

Issari, M. Ali and Doris A. Paul. What Is Cinema-Verité? Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow, 1979. 208 pp. (A revised version of Issari's 1971 book.)

Ivens, Joris. The Camera and I. New York: International Publishers, 1969, 280 pp.

Jacobs, Lewis. The Documentary Tradition. New York: Hopkinson and Blake, 1971. 530 pp.

Levin, S. Roy. Documentary Explorations. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1971. 420 pp.

Leyda, Jay. Films Beget Films. New York: Hill and Wang, 1964. 176 pp.

Manvell, Roger (ed.). Experiment in the Film. London: Gray Walls, 1949. 285 pp.

Manvell, Roger. Films and the Second World War. New York: Dell, 1976. 388 pp.

Marcorelles, Louis. Living Cinema. London: George Allen and Unwin, 1973. 155 pp.

Rosenthal, Alan (ed.). The Documentary Conscience: A Casebook in Filmmaking. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1980. 392 pp.

Rosenthal, Alan (ed.). The New Documentary in Action. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1971. 380 pp.

Rotha, Paul; Sinclair Road; and Richard Griffith. Documentary Film. New York: Hastings, 1963. 476 pp.


Atkins, Thomas R. (ed.). Frederick Wiseman. New York: Monarch Press,1976. 134 pp.

Bleum, A. William. Documentary in American Television. New York: Hastings, 1965. 312 pp.

Calder-Marshall, Arthur. The Innocent Eye: The Life of Robert J. Flaherty. London: W. H. Allen, 1963. 304 pp.

Capra, Frank. "Part III, The Great Struggle." The Name Above the Title. New York: Macmillan, 1971. Pp. 325-367.

Ellsworth, Liz. Frederick Wiseman: A Guide to References and Resources. Boston: G.K. Hall, 1979. 212 pp.

Fielding, Raymond. The American Newsreel 1911-1967. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1972. 392 pp.

Fielding. Raymond. The March of Time, 1935-1951. New York: Oxford University Press, 1978. 359 pp.

Film Council of America. Sixty Years of 16mm Film, 1923-1983. Evanston, Ill.: Film Council of America. 1954. 220 pp.

Flaherty, Frances Hubbard. The Odyssey of a Film-Maker: Robert Flaherty's Story. Urbana, Ill.: Beta Phi Mu, 1960. 45 pp. (Reprinted New York: Arno, 1972.)

Friendly. Fred W. Due to Circumstances Beyond Our Control… New York: Random House, 1967. 325 pp.

Griffith, Richard. The World of Robert Flaherty. New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1953. 165 pp.

Hovland, Carl I.; Arthur A. Lumsdaine; and Fred D. Sheffield. Experiments on Mass Communication (Vol. III of Studies in Social Psychology in World War II). Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1949. 345 pp.

Kendrick, Alexander. Prime Time: The Life of Edward R. Murrow. Boston: Little, Brown, 1969. 548 pp.

Look, Editors. Movie Lot to Beachhead. Garden City. N.Y.: Doubleday, Doran, 1945. 291 pp.

MacCann, Richard D. The People's Films: A Political History of U.S. Government Motion Pictures. New York: Hastings, 1973. 256 pp.

Mamber, Stephen. Cinema Verité in America. Cambridge. Mass.: M.I.T. Press, 1973. 288 pp.

Murphy. William T. Robert Flaherty: A Guide to References and Resources. Boston: G.K. Hall, 1978. 171 pp.

Murrow, Edward R. and Fred W. Friendly. See It Now. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1955. 210 pp.

Snyder, Robert L. Pare Lorentz and the Documentary Film. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press. 1968. 232 pp.

Starr, Cecile (ed.). Ideas on Film. New York: Funk and Wagnalls, 1951. 251 pp.

Waldron, Gloria. The Information Film. New York: Columbia University Press, 1949. 281 pp.

Weaver, Mike. Robert Flaherty's The Land. Exeter, England: University of Exeter, 1979. 39 pp.

Zuker, Joel Stewart. Ralph Steiner, Filmmaker and Still Photographer. New York: Arno, 1978. 453 pp.


Alexander, Donald. The Documentary Film. London: British Film Institute, 1945. 9 pp.

Arts Enquiry, The. The Factual Film. London: Oxford University Press, 1947. 259 pp.

Balcon, Michael; Ernest Lindgren; Forsythe Hardy; and Roger Manvell. Twenty Years of British Film: 1925-1945. London: Falcon, 1947. 96 pp.

Commission on Educational and Cultural Films. The Film in National Life. London: Allen and Unwin, 1932. 204 pp.

Gomez, Joseph A. Peter Watkins. Boston: Twayne, c. 1980.

Lovell, Alan and Jim Hillier. Studies in Documentary. New York: Viking, 1972. 176 pp.

Low, Rachel. Documentary and Educational Films of the 1930's. New York and London: Bowker, 1979.

Low, Rachel. Films of Comment and Persuasion of the 1930's. New York and London: Bowker, 1979.

Orbanz, Eva. Journey to a Legend and Back — The British Realistic Film. Berlin: Editions Volker Spiess, 1977.

Powell, Dilys. Films Since 1939. London: Longmans Green, 1947. 40 pp.

Rotha, Paul. Documentary Film. New York: Hill and Wang, 1973. 305 pp.

Rotha, Paul. Rotha on the Film. Fairlawn, N.J.: Essential Books, 1956. 338 pp.

Silet, Charles L.P. Lindsay Anderson: A Guide to References and Resources. Boston: G.K. Hall, 1978. 155 pp.

Sussex, Elizabeth. Lindsay Anderson. New York: Praeger, 1970. 96 pp.

Sussex, Elizabeth. The Rise and Fall of British Documentary. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1975. 219 pp.

Swallow, Norman. Factual Television. New York: Hastings, 1966. 228 pp.

Watt, Henry. Don't Look at the Camera. London: Paul Elek, 1974. 197 pp.

Welsh, James H. and Joseph A. Gomez. Peter Watkins: A Guide to References and Resources. Boston: G.K. Hall, c. 1980.

Wilson, Norman. Presenting Scotland: A Film Survey. Edinburgh: Edinburgh Film Guild, 1945. 36 pp.

Wright, Basil. The Use of the Film. London: John Lane, 1948. 72 pp.


Backhouse, Charles. Canadian Government Motion Picture Bureau 1917-1941. Ottawa: Canadian Film Institute, 1974. 44 pp.

Beattie, Eleanor. A Handbook of Canadian Film. Toronto: Peter Martin, 1973. 280 pp.

Buchanan, Donald William. Documentary and Educational Films in Canada 1935-1950: A Survey of Problems and Achievements. Ottawa: Canadian Film Institute, 1952. 24 pp.

Feldman, Seth and Joyce Nelson. Canadian Film Reader. Toronto: Peter Martin, 1977. 405 pp.

Hofsess, John. Inner Views: Ten Canadian Film-Makers. Toronto: McGraw-Ryerson, 1975. 171 pp.

James, C. Rodney. Film as a National Art: NFB of Canada and the Film Board Idea. New York: Arno, 1977. 760 pp.

McKay, Marjorie. History of the National Film Board of Canada. Montreal: National Film Board of Canada, 1964. 147 pp.

Morris, Peter (ed.). The National Film Board of Canada: The War Years. Ottawa: Canadian Film Institute, 1965. 32 pp.


Cineaste. U.S. 1963

Cinema Journal. U.S. 1961

Cinema Quarterly. British. 1932-1935.

Cinetracts. Canadian. 1977

Contrast. British. 1961-1963 (television).

Documentary 47, 48, 49, 50, 51. British. 1947-1951
(annual published in connection with the Edinburgh Film Festival).

Documentary News Letter. British. 1940-1948.

Film Comment. U.S. 1962

Film Culture. U.S. 1955

Film Quarterly. U.S. 1958

Hollywood Quarterly. U.S. 1945-1951.

Information Film Year Book. British. 1947-1950.

Jump Cut. U.S. 1974

Quarterly of Film, Radio, and Television, The. U.S. 1951-1957.

Sight and Sound. British. 1932

World Film News. British. 1936-1939.