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Chronicle of a Summer

Jean Rouch and Edgar Morin

 
Chronicle of a Summer (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • France
  • 1961
  • 90 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.37:1
  • French
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  • Spine #648

Few films can claim as much influence on 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 termed cinéma- vérité is a brilliantly conceived and realized sociopolitical diagnosis of the early sixties in France. Simply by 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.

Disc Features

  • New 2K digital master from the 2011 Cineteca di Bologna restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Un été + 50 (2011), a seventy-five-minute documentary featuring outtakes from the film, along with new interviews with codirector Edgar Morin and some of the film’s participants
  • Archival interviews with codirector Jean Rouch and Marceline Loridan, one of the film’s participants
  • New interview with anthropology professor Faye Ginsburg, the organizer of several Rouch retrospectives
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by scholar Sam Di Iorio

    New cover by Rodrigo Corral

Film Essays

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Chronicle of a Summer: Truth and Consequences

By Sam Di Iorio February 25, 2013

When an ethnographic filmmaker and a sociologist joined forces, they helped change the course of nonfiction cinema. Read more »

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Film Essays

Chronicle_essay_feature_thumbnail

Chronicle of a Summer: Truth and Consequences

By Sam Di Iorio February 25, 2013

When an ethnographic filmmaker and a sociologist joined forces, they helped change the course of nonfiction cinema. Read more »