Cinema: Horses, Dancers & Dolls

One cinema critic who can also lay claim to being a first-class moviemaker is a blue-eyed, Milquetoast-mustached Scot named John Grierson. At 48, John Grierson might well call himself the father of the documentary. A minor proof of paternity: he was the first to call the fact film a "documentary." As a documentary-maker for the British Government (1927-39), he trained most of that country's current crop of experts. During the war, he bossed Canada's wartime National Film Board and turned out the excellent series of shorts called World in Action and Canada Carries On.

Last week Grierson was in Paris speaking for...

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