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By Jean Rouch

ISBN-10: 0816641048

ISBN-13: 9780816641048

The most influential figures in documentary and ethnographic filmmaking, Jean Rouch has made a couple of hundred motion pictures in West Africa and France. In such acclaimed works as Jaguar, The Lion Hunters, and Cocorico, Monsieur Poulet, Rouch has explored racism, colonialism, African modernity, non secular ritual, and track. He pioneered a number of movie concepts and applied sciences, and within the procedure encouraged generations of filmmakers, from New Wave administrators, who emulated his cinema verite type, to today’s documentarians. Cine-Ethnography is a long-overdue English-language source that collects Rouch’s key writings, interviews, and different fabrics that distill his considering on filmmaking, ethnography, and his personal occupation. Editor Steven Feld opens with a concise evaluation of Rouch’s profession, highlighting the topics stumbled on all through his paintings. within the 4 essays that stick to, Rouch discusses the ethnographic movie as a style, the background of African cinema, his reports of filmmaking one of the Songhay,and the intertwined histories of French colonialism, anthropology, and cinema. And in 4 interviews, Rouch thoughtfully displays on every one of his motion pictures, in addition to his creative, highbrow, and political matters. Cine-Ethnography additionally comprises an annotated transcript of Chronicle of a Summer–one of Rouch’s most vital works–along with statement via the filmmakers, and concludes with a whole, annotated filmography and a bibliography. the main thorough source on Rouch to be had in any language, Cine-Ethnography makes transparent this extraordinary and nonetheless important filmmaker’s significant position within the background of documentary cinema.

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Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. Yakir, Dan. 1978. ” Film Quarterly 31 (3): 2–11. ” And in 1962, Luc de Heusch quite justly wrote: To brandish the concept of the “sociological film,” isolating it within immense world production, is this not a chimerical and academic exercise? The very notion of sociology is fluid, varying by country and local tradition. The term does not apply itself to the same research in Russia, the United States, or Europe. Is it not, on the other hand, the helpless mania of our time to catalogue, to cut up into arbitrary categories, the mixture of confused ideas, of moral values, and aesthetic research on which these artists, who are the creators of films, feed with such extraordinary avidity?

Bloomington: Indiana University Press. , ed. 1982. ” CinémAction 17: 66–76 (special issue, Jean Rouch, un griot gaulois). Reisz, Karel, and Gavin Millar. 1968. The Technique of Film Editing. New York: Focal Press. Rotha, Paul, with Basil Wright. 1980. ” Studies in Visual Communication 6 (2): 33–60. Rouch, Jean. 1953. Contribution à l’histoire des Songhay. Dakar: Institut Français d’Afrique Noir (Memoire 29). ———. 1956. ” Journal de la Société des Africanistes 26 (1–2): 33–196. ———. 1960a. La religion et la magie Songhay.

Then there is a complete transcript of the film. Finally Rouch and Morin present their postfilm interviews with the principal participants. While it is widely acknowledged that 1960’s Chronicle of a Summer was a tremendously innovative film that inspired many documentary, ethnographic, experimental, and New Wave films to follow, it will become equally clear that this book, too, is a historically innovative text. Far more than the transcript of an unscripted film, Morin’s and Rouch’s essays, interviews, and restoration of cut dialogue in the film transcript are a deep exercise in intellectual reflexivity and autocritique, and a substantial contribution to discussing issues of intersubjectivity, realism, and deception in documentary cinema.

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