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Approaches to Death: From Compassion to Care in Documentaries

Author(s): Lóránt Stőhr, Judit Nóra Pintér
Subject(s): Film / Cinema / Cinematography
Published by: Korunk Baráti Társaság
Keywords: documentary film; dying process; Frederick Wiseman; Allan King; Balázs Wizner; Ilona Gaal

Summary/Abstract: In our essay, we examine documentary films about the care of the dying in institutional settings. Frederick Wiseman's Near Death (1989), Allan King's Dying at Grace (2003) and Balázs Wizner's and Ilona Gaal’s Terminal Stage (2020) represent the subject of dying with radically different approaches, philosophies and focuses. Analyzing these documentaries, we explore the ways a filmmaker participates in the care of the dying person, and we focus on the problems of the filmmaker's gaze and presence. On the other hand, we raise the question to what extent can the dying person become a protagonist in his or her own dying process.

  • Issue Year: 2023
  • Issue No: 11
  • Page Range: 91-99
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: Hungarian