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Chronicle of a Summer

Chronique d'un été

Directed by Edgar Morin, Jean Rouch
France, 1961
Documentary

Synopsis

In 1960, Jean Rouch and Edgar Morin undertook a new approach to documentary filmmaking, by posing direct questions such as “How’s your life going? How do you manage?”

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Chronicle of a Summer Directed by Edgar Morin, Jean Rouch
It’s an invigorating watch for the way it mixes philosophical-political probings (about representation, the Holocaust, the Algerian War, meaning itself) with a freewheeling style less landlocked than even its New Wave competition, thanks in part to Rouch’s handheld, sound-equipped prototype camera.
September 17, 2014
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To the degree that Rouch and Morin undermined their authority as filmmakers, Chronicle became a model for the collective films of ‘68 and of the American New Left. If Rouch and Morin’s experiment towers above those films, and also those of America’s Direct Cinema, it is because of the moral commitment of the filmmakers to their roles as group leaders—more empathetic, challenging, and intelligent than the fathers of our wildest, utopian dreams.
September 04, 2013
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The result is a disarming portrait of Paris at a particular moment in time, but also a self-interrogating exploration of the documentary form itself, meeting its inherent limitations head-on in a way that few films since have even attempted.
March 13, 2013
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