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Some of us learned in a school of philosophy which taught that all was for the common good and nothing for oneself and have never, in any case, regarded the pursuit of happiness as anything other than an aberration of the human spirit.

John Grierson

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It premiered in a private film club in London in November 1929 on a double-bill with Eisenstein's then controversial film The Battleship Potemkin (which was banned from general release in Britain until 1954) and received high praise from both its sponsors and the press. In Grierson's view a way to counter these problems was to involve citizens in their government with the kind of engaging excitement generated by the popular press which simplified and dramatized public affair. Brian Salt 1938)
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In 1926 Grierson coined the term "documentary" in a review of Robert Flaherty's Moana. John Grierson (26 April 1898 – 19 February 1972) was a pioneering Scottish documentary maker often considered the father of British and Canadian documentary film.

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