1. Robert Flaherty
From: United States
Filmmakers' Notes: The work of founder of documentary Robert Flaherty has been seminal to us because of his emphasis on "non-pre-conception," or what his wife Frances called "a method of discovery as a process of filmmaking." His films, in her words, unlike the vast bulk of issue-oriented documentaries, "do not argue... What they celebrate, freely and spontaneously, simply and purely, is the thing itself for its own sake."
The Influential Films: Nanook of the North (1922), Man of Aran (1934)
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