CHRONICLE OF A SUMMER
- CHRONICLE OF A SUMMER
- (CHRONIQUE D’UN ÉTÉ)
- 1961, Jean Rouch and Edgar Morin,
- 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)