Robert Flaherty: Man of Aran and Louisiana Story
by Derek Hill
Although Robert Flaherty is generally considered the father of documentary filmmaking, it would be unwise and misleading to consider him a traditional documentarian by any stretch of the imagination. Understanding that it is virtually impossible for the camera not to interfere with the subject's reality, that "objectivity" is merely a quixotic dream for the director, Flaherty eschewed any attempt of capturing moments of strict naturalism.
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