July 2019 Academic & Specialist University of Minnesota Press

Bad Film Histories: Ethnography and the Early Archive Katherine Groo


Paperback | Jun 2019 | University of Minnesota Press | 9781517900335 | 376pp | 216x140mm | Forthcoming | RFB | AUD$44.99, NZD$54.99

A daring, deep investigation into ethnographic cinema that challenges standard ways of writing film history and breaks important new ground in understanding archives.

Bad Film Histories is a vital work that unsettles the authority of the archive, examining the imprecisions and absences that define film history and its archives. Taking ethnographic cinema as a crucial case study, Katherine Groo challenges standard ways of thinking and writing about film history and questions widespread assumptions about what film artifacts are and what makes them meaningful