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Chronicle of a Summer

Spine #648

Feb 26, 2013

Number of Discs: 1

  • 1.33:1 Standard
  • French PCM Mono
  • English subtitles

Chronicle of a Summer

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Directed By: Jean Rouch, Edgar Morin
Licensor: Argos Films

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Few films can claim to be as influential to the course of cinema history as Chronicle of a Summer. The fascinating result of a collaboration between filmmaker-anthropologist Jean Rouch and sociologist Edgar Morin, this vanguard work of what Morin would term cinéma verité is a brilliantly conceived and realized sociopolitical diagnosis of the early sixties in France. By simply interviewing a group of Paris residents in the summer of 1960-beginning with the provocative and eternal question "Are you happy?" and expanding to political issues, including the ongoing Algerian War-Rouch and Morin reveal the hopes and dreams of a wide array of people, from artists to factory workers, from an Italian émigré to an African student. Chronicle of a Summer's penetrative approach gives us a document of a time and place with extraordinary emotional depth.

  • Un été + 50 (2011), a seventy-three-minute documentary featuring outtakes and new interviews with codirector Edgar Morin and some of the film's subjects
  • Archival interviews with codirector Jean Rouch and Marceline Loridan, one of the film's subjects
  • New interview with anthropology professor Faye Ginsburg, organizer of several Rouch retrospectives


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