Curtis is one of my favourite documentary filmmakers. However, I often find it hard to point to exactly where he is on the political spectrum and wondered if anyone had thoughts on the subject? Although he professes to be "neutral" he has to say that in public due to his affiliation with the BBC, often his work can swing wildly from revolutionary Anarchist to militant socialist to uncompromisingly hard right Libertarian… Sometimes when he is making the same point!
For a long time documenting as an art form has been left to photographers and filmmakers, whatever happened to history painting? Is documentary only to be created in two-dimensional art forms or could a document appear as sculpture, installation or performance art?
I think for this kind of question, you really need to consider the advances that have been made with technology and the direction that art has gone in as a whole. The more traditional artworks that depicted historical events were just what was of concern to the artists at the time, or what they were commissioned to do. Nowadays, art has moved more towards artistic self-expression, rather than a representation of historical events. – Antebellum5 years ago
There are some really good bio-documentary comic books and graphic novels out there as well. Maus, Persepolis, and American Widow immediately leap to mind. – Tarben5 years ago