CHRONICLE OF A SUMMER

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  1. CHRONICLE OF A SUMMER
  1. (CHRONIQUE D’UN ÉTÉ)
  2. 1961, Jean Rouch and Edgar Morin,
  3. France, 85 min.

Collaborating with sociologist Edgar Morin, Rouch reversed the traditional focus of ethnography by examining members of his own “strange tribe”--a group of Parisians living through the politically charged summer of 1960. At first, random pedestrians are asked, “Are you happy?”; then the focus narrows to a handful of subjects who reveal themselves--sometimes devastatingly-- to each other and to the camera. This landmark of cinéma vérité rejects the fly-on-the-wall approach of American vérité by freely acknowledging the presence of the camera and its ability to create--rather than simply observe--the truth. In French with English subtitles. Digital video. (MR)