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Paul Rotha (2e van rechts) in 1962
Paul Rotha (2e van rechts) in 1962

Paul Rotha (geboren als Paul Thompson) (Londen, 3 juni 1907Wallingford, 7 maart 1984) was een Engelse filmdocumentairemaker, filmhistoricus en recensent. Hij werd opgeleid aan de Highgate School. Paul Rotha trouwde in 1974 met Constance Smith.

Rotha werkte nauw samen met John Grierson. Wolfgang Suschitzky was een van zijn leermeesters. Hij regisseerde de documentaires The World Is Rich (1947) en Cradle of Genius (1961), beide werden genomineerd voor een Academy Award. In Nederland regisseerde hij de film De Overval in 1962.


  • The Film Till Now: A Survey of the Cinema (London: Jonathan Cape, 1930)
  • Documentary Film (London: Faber and Faber, 1935) The first major study on documentary film
  • The Film Till Now: A Survey of World Cinema, with an additional section by Richard Griffith, revised and enlarged edition, (London: Vision, 1949)
  • Portrait of a Flying Yorkshireman: Letters From Eric Knight in the United States to Paul Rotha in England, edited by Paul Rotha. Selected correspondence (London: Chapman and Hall, 1952)
  • Rotha on the Film; a Selection of Writings About the Cinema (Fair Lawn, NJ:. Essential Books, 1958)
  • Documentary Film; the use of the film medium to interpret creatively and in social terms the life of the people as it exists in reality, by Paul Rotha in collaboration with Sinclair Road and Richard Griffith. 3d ed., rev. and enl.of Documentary Film (London: Faber and Faber, 1952; New York: Hastings House, 1963)
  • Documentary Diary: An Informal History of the British Documentary Film 1928-1939 (New York: Hill and Wang, 1973)
  • Robert J. Flaherty: A Biography, edited by Jay Ruby (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1983)
  • A Paul Rotha Reader, edited by Duncan Petrie and Robert Kruger (Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 1999)
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