1. View the first two extracts
'World at War' and Protestant Revolution'. Compare and contrast the
form and the content of these two expositions. What evidence is
there that documentary exposition has changed since the early 1970s?
Can you suggest some reasons why exposition has changed?
2. Now consider extract 2 and extract 3 ''Century
of Self'. How do both extracts attempt to engage the viewer? Did you
find anything shocking about either of these extracts?
3. Extract 4 'Industrial Revelation' is a very
short exposition but what does it share in common with all the other
4. Extract 5 is what I would describe as a
'post-modern exposition' in that it playfully dismisses the
formulaic tradition of exposition (and modern documentary techniques
such as 'vulgar' dramatic reconstructions). And yet it is still a
very good example of exposition, why?
5. The exposition is the best example of how
documentary film is different to history text. In contrast to a work
of history, documentary offers certainty and bold claims, story
telling simplicity and the resolution of problems in a singular,
unproblematic narrative. In documentary, interpretation and debate
is absent. Using these five extracts, find examples of how
documentary film differs from history.