Documentary: What is the Reflexive Mode?

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The reflexive mode incorporate the filmmaker and the camera into the final product.

The nonfictional reflexive mode documentary style poses doubtful questions to its audience and approaches its subjects with an air of hesitation. Reflexive films frequently include shots of the camera or the production staff to erase preconceived notions about the film’s substance or intent. Read on to find out how reflexive mode differs from participatory mode and the reflexive mode films you should watch.

The reflexive mode is one of the six modes of documentary outlined by Bill Nichols.

The History

The documentary’s reflexive form analyses its own quality, explaining its methods and weighing its consequences. As an added bonus, the film itself features filmmakers.

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