- The argumentative role of visual metaphor and visual antithesis in ‘fly-on-the-wall’ documentary
- 8th Conference on Argumentation of the International Society for the Study of Argumentation: ISSA 2014
- Book/source title
- International Society for the Study of Argumentation: 8th International Conference on Argumentation: July 1-July 4, 2014, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- Pages (from-to)
- Amsterdam: Sic Sat
- Document type
- Conference contribution
- Faculty of Humanities (FGw)
- Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC)
In this paper, we explore the argumentative role of visual metaphor and visual antithesis in the
so-called 'fly-on-the-wall' documentary. In this subtype of documentary, which emphatically renounces voice-over narration, the filmmakers guide their viewers into reaching certain conclusions by making choices regarding the editing as well as the cinematography. We analyse a number of scenes from two films by one major representative of the Direct Cinema or 'fly-on-the-wall' documentary, Frederick Wiseman.
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