Rascaroli, Laura. “The Essay Film: Problems, Definitions, Textual Commitments.” Framework: The Journal of Cinema and Media 49.2 (2008): 24–47.
In this reading the author Rascaroli explains how there is a continuous and increasing frequency of the essay film. Mainly due to the amount of personal, reflective and new documentaries. Even given that the essay film is immensely popular in many ways. Rascaroli says that is is a type of film that is under theorized because of its dominance of non-fiction films.
Rascaroli continues to show all types of conflicting definitions of film essays and how they are from other theorists before her. It is strange because in a certain way it contradicts her own writing, but I believe that by challenging her own work she will push others to raise questions in the future. At the end of the day, despite all the information given the definition of what is essay film is, is unclear until a theory will prove it.