SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

Jean Rouch and Edgar Morin, Chronicle of a Summer / Chronique d'un été, 1960, 90 min


Date: 7 February 2018Time: 1:00 PM

Finishes: 7 February 2018Time: 3:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Film

Paris. The summer of 1960. While war rages in Algeria and pre-independence Congo seethes with violence, ethnographic filmmaker Jean Rouch and sociologist Edgar Morin send two women out into the streets of the city to interview passers-by. Armed with what was then new portable synchronous sound technology they follow a group of Parisians through the summer of 1960. Rouch, whose previous ground-breaking films were shot in Africa, and Morin, an academic and writer, were experimenting with a new kind of documentary film that they hoped would reveal the innermost truth of peoples' lives. This landmark film helped launch cinéma-vérité as a documentary film movement.