oru.sePublications
Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
The argumentative relevance of visual and multimodal antithesis in Frederick Wiseman’s documentaries
University o Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0295-4559
University o Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
2017 (English)In: Multimodal Argumentation and Rhetoric in Media Genres / [ed] Assimakis Tseronis & Charles Forceville, Amsterdam, Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2017, p. 166-188Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this chapter we argue that certain salient contrasts that Frederick Wiseman presents non-verbally and multimodally in his Direct Cinema documentaries can be understood as antitheses that play an argumentative role. In this type of documentary, which renounces the use of voice-over narration and music, a filmmaker has to rely on cinematography and editing in combination with participants’ spoken language to guide viewers’ interpretations. We argue that the ways in which certain sequences and shots are filmed and edited as well as the way dialogue, image, and sound combine within the shot create multimodal meanings that can be accounted for in terms of antithesis and can thereby contribute to the argument developed by the filmmaker. We focus on instances of visual and multimodal antithesis in five of Wiseman’s early films (Titicut Follies, High School, Hospital, Juvenile Court, and Primate) and one later film (Zoo).

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Amsterdam, Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2017. p. 166-188
Series
Argumentation in Context, ISSN 1877-6884 ; 14
National Category
Other Humanities not elsewhere specified Studies on Film
Research subject
Rhetoric
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-70109ISBN: 978-90-272-1131-6 (print)ISBN: 978-90-272-6469-5 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-70109DiVA, id: diva2:1262259
Available from: 2018-11-09 Created: 2018-11-09 Last updated: 2018-11-16Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text in DiVA

Authority records BETA

Tseronis, Assimakis

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Tseronis, Assimakis
Other Humanities not elsewhere specifiedStudies on Film

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar

isbn
urn-nbn

Altmetric score

isbn
urn-nbn
Total: 74 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • harvard1
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf