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Chronicle of a Summer (DVD + Blu-ray)

Jean Rouch , Edgar Morin    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
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Product details

  • Directors: Jean Rouch, Edgar Morin
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 27 May 2013
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,686 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Chronicle of a Summer (DVD + Blu-ray)

A film by Jean Rouch and Edgar Morin

In the summer of 1960 anthropologist filmmaker Jean Rouch (Moi, un noir, Les Maîtres fous) and sociologist Edgar Morin set out to chronicle the everyday lives of Parisians using a mixture of intimate interviews, debates and observations. Artists, factory workers, office employees, students and others open up to the camera to share their experiences, fears and aspirations. The result became one of the decade's most influential films, and redefined the documentary form.

Rouch, whose work inspired the likes of Jean-Luc Godard, Jacques Rivette and Roberto Rossellini, trained his ethnographic lens on the metropolis, recording a series of extraordinary sequences, including a French survivor's Holocaust testimony, to reveal the political underlying the personal in a society struggling into the post-colonial era.

Special Features

  • Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
  • Brand new restoration
  • Un été + 50 (Florence Daumon, 2011, 75 mins): documentary on the making of Chronicle of a Summer featuring new interviews with the participants including Edgar Morin and Régis Debray
  • Jean Rouch at the NFT (1978, 55 mins): audio recording of a lecture delivered by Jean Rouch on Dziga Vertov and Robert Flaherty's influence on his work and that of his peers
  • Illustrated booklet with newly commissioned essays by Professor Ginette Vincendeau

France | 1961 | black and white | French language, with optional English subtitles | 90 minutes | Original aspect ratio 1.37:1

Disc 1: BD50 | 1080p | 24fps | PCM mono 2.0 audio (48k/16-bit)

Disc 2: DVD9 | PAL | Dolby Digital mono 2.0 audio (320kbps)

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5.0 out of 5 stars A LOST WORLD 10 Aug 2013
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Wonderful documentary highlighting a generation and world largely lost to us. Heartwarming, nostalgic and life affirming. Try it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars the 60s documented in Paris 16 Aug 2013
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The 60s changed all of western society and to see it documented in France is a special insight. Now French conservatives cry against the lazy worker but then Renault and French industrialism brutalized that same human robot. It reminds us that even as late as the 1960s France was holding a nation hostage to its whims and tyranny.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chronicle of a summer 29 Mar 2013
By Babette Mangolte - Published on
A must see for everybody interested in documentary and direct camera shooting. The film innovated with small-concealed tape recorder, and hand-held 16mm camera shooting techniques that permitted improvisation in a sociological experiment by the unusual collaboration between Jean Rouch and Edgar Morin in the summer of 1960. Jean Rouch was an anthropolog who worked in Africa pioneering film and anthropology since the early 1940 and he became famous for "les Maitres Fous" in 1955 (Crazy Masters). Edgar Morin was known for his study of the star system. The collaboration is intriguing and the film that results from it is fascinating as it takes the pulse of France in the early 1960s, with the movement against torture and colonial war in Algeria, the examination of the aftermath of the horrors of World War ii and the scars it left on the young as well as the delight of being young in 1960 in Paris, France.
Jean Rouch is a pioneer of the French New Wave.
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