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Rest in Peace

Robert Guenette, a documentary filmmaker who helped change the way documentaries are made, died Friday. Guenette, who cofounded the International Documentary Association and produced “Monsters! Mysteries or Myths?” — the highest-rated documentary in TV history — introduced the innovation of using faux historic footage instead of relying on stock. Filming past events as though they had been captured by grainy newsreel cameras, Guenette lent a dramatic realism to documentaries lacked by his predecessors.

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