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This introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters of this book. The book examines some of the principal generic features of longitudinal documentary and considers the highly significant role that particular broadcasting institutions have had on their production, promotion and dissemination. It presents the examples of long doc works which resulted in the discovery of Seven Up's two best-known international 'competitors', the German series The Children of Golzow and the Swedish series The Children of Jordbrö. The book explores how the individual works originated, with a special emphasis on the nurturing role of particular institutions. It also explores the affinities that long docs have with soap opera texts, which have similar aspirations to never-endingness. The book concerns to explore the variety of ways in which long doc filmmakers contrive to bring their work to a satisfactory conclusion.

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Taking the long view

A study of longitudinal documentary


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