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Robert Drew dies at 90; pioneer of documentary filmmaking
Robert Drew dies at 90; pioneer of documentary filmmaking

Robert Drew had no experience in filmmaking when he directed the 1960 documentary "Primary" that was radically different from the way TV documentaries were made at the time. Drew's film, about relatively unknown Sen. John F. Kennedy campaigning in Wisconsin, had no interviews, no correspondents and just the barest of narration. For the most part, Drew and his crew just turned on their cameras and filmed what happened in a documentary style that came to be known as cinema verite. "It would be theater without actors, it would be plays without playwrights," he said in a 1962 interview with Alfred Norrins. "It would be the ability to look in on people's...

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