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Deconstruction of Documentary Codes and Conventions in Peter Watkins Cinematography

Student: Anastasiia Gorbatova

Supervisor: Victoria O. Vasileva

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities

Educational Programme: Visual Culture (Master)

Final Grade: 10

Year of Graduation: 2017

This thesis analyses the processes of deconstruction of documentary codes and conventions in the movies of Peter Watkins, British director who through all his career (from 1950s to 2000s) made only mockumentary movies. The first chapter describes the relationships between documents and other sources. It makes a classification based on graduation of author's contribution in a movie or TV show. The second chapter makes a list of documentary codes and conventions which has found their place in the mind of cinemagoers and TV audience. And the third chapter analyses what codes Peter Watkins used in each of his movies to build the illusion that we watch a documentary movie and what he does to undermine this illusion.

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