Faking Honesty: A Treatise on Cinema with Emphasis on Documentary by Marduk Alkhas and Addie Alkhas

About the Book

Faking Honesty methodically examines the history of cinema and documentary film from its modest beginnings through its glamorized evolution into the state of Hollywood and stardom of today. It also details significant events in world cinema, specifically the Soviet Filmmakers, Italian neo-realism and the beginning of the New Wave in cinema in Europe after World War II, the phenomenal development of television and the current exploitation of cinematic texts by an elite minority. This treatise directs the reader to viewing cinema from a unique and controversial perspective. Faking Honesty focuses on the contradiction between its capacity for realism and its powerful subjectivity amongst viewers. This daringly controversial writing explores the often-unnoticed imposition of various social structures on the art of cinema and leaves the reader with an appreciation of the few truly iconic directors such as Bresson and Antonioni.

About the Authors

Marduk Alkhas, an Assyrian born in Iran in 1936, began taking an interest in cinema at an early age working as a freelance writer and film-critic. He was a director/producer, and co-published Cinema Magazine. Additionally, he directed such films as Butterfly, Train Terminal, and The Hut in the 1960s while living in Tehran. In 1977, he immigrated to the United States and turned to an academic pursuit in the communication field. While obtaining his PhD from the University of Missouri (1988), he made numerous short documentary films, videos, and TV commercials. Marduk Alkhas passed away in 2008 and is survived by his wife and five children.

Upon his death, his son, Addie, completed the last of his father’s unfinished work.