Thursday, February 6, 2020
From Six American Families
In American Film Now (1979), author James Monaco predicts the documentarian "filmed essay of ideas" will "likely ... become one of the more cinematic approaches of the 1980s." Numerous prototypes are cited, including PBS's An American Family (1973), but more potently, Westinghouse's Six American Families (1976).
The video above focuses on one of those six families -- the Georges of Queens, New York. What is unique to the Georges episode is the inclusion of the Georges in a feedback/elaboration session aired amidst the broadcast of their episode. Where the other episodes are a half-hour long, the Georges meta episode is closer to an hour.