MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 503 this week

Chronicle of a Summer (1961)
"Chronique d'un été (Paris 1960)" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Documentary  |  20 October 1961 (France)
7.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.5/10 from 1,204 users  
Reviews: 12 user | 23 critic

Real-life individuals discuss topics on society, happiness in the working class among others and with those testimonies the filmmakers create fictional moments based on their interviews. ... See full summary »

Directors:

,
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 23 titles
created 29 Aug 2011
 
Ubi
a list of 35 titles
created 17 Dec 2011
 
a list of 38 titles
created 31 Aug 2012
 
a list of 35 titles
created 6 months ago
 
a list of 45 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Chronicle of a Summer (1961)

Chronicle of a Summer (1961) on IMDb 7.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Chronicle of a Summer.
1 win. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Primary (1960)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Cinema verite feature that follows presidential hopefuls John F. Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey during the 1960 Wisconsin primary

Director: Robert Drew
Stars: Robert Drew, Hubert H. Humphrey, Joseph Julian
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In this silent predecessor to the modern documentary, film-maker Robert J. Flaherty spends one year following the lives of Nanook and his family, Inuit living in the Arctic Circle.

Director: Robert J. Flaherty
Stars: Allakariallak, Nyla, Allee
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An intimate, picaresque inquiry into French life as lived by the country's poor and its provident, as well as by the film's own director, Agnes Varda. The aesthetic, political and moral ... See full summary »

Director: Agnès Varda
Stars: François Wertheimer, Agnès Varda, Bodan Litnanski
Salesman (1968)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Four relentless door-to-door salesmen deal with constant rejection, homesickness and inevitable burnout as they go across the country selling very expensive bibles to low-income Catholic families.

Directors: Albert Maysles, David Maysles, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Paul Brennan, Charles McDevitt, James Baker
Sans Soleil (1983)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

"He wrote me...." A woman narrates the thoughts of a world traveler, meditations on time and memory expressed in words and images from places as far-flung as Japan, Guinea-Bissau, Iceland, ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Marker
Stars: Florence Delay, Arielle Dombasle, Riyoko Ikeda
Here to Stay (2009)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Urban sprawl, extinct species, depletion of natural resources and global warming are all causes of deep anxiety. Here to stay takes an uncompromising look at Planet Earth today, in all its ... See full summary »

Directors: Pierre Barougier, Olivier Bourgeois
Stars: Mikhail Gorbachev, James Lovelock, Wangari Maathai
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Documentary covering Bob Dylan's 1965 tour of England, which includes appearances by Joan Baez and Donovan.

Director: D.A. Pennebaker
Stars: Bob Dylan, Albert Grossman, Bob Neuwirth
High School (1968)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman takes us inside Northeast High School as a fly on the wall to observe the teachers and how they interact with the students.

Director: Frederick Wiseman
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman takes us inside the Massachusetts Correctional Institution Bridgewater where people stay trapped in their madness.

Director: Frederick Wiseman
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A surrealistic documentary portrait of the region of Las Hurdes, a remote region of Spain where civilisation has barely developed, showing how the local peasants try to survive without even the most basic utilities and skills.

Director: Luis Buñuel
Stars: Abel Jacquin, Alexandre O'Neill
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Director: Jean Rouch
Stars: Damouré Zika, Lam Dia, Illo Goudal
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The arrival of Nadine, a new student, in the Abidjan Lyceum is the starting point for a discussion about interratial relationships.

Director: Jean Rouch
Stars: Denise, Elola, Jean-Claude
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Angelo ...
Himself
Régis Debray ...
Himself (as Régis)
Jacques ...
Himself
Jean-Pierre ...
Himself
Landry ...
Himself
Marceline Loridan Ivens ...
Herself (as Marceline)
Edgar Morin ...
Himself
Marilù Parolini ...
Herself (as Mary-Lou)
Jean Rouch ...
Himself
Sophie ...
Herself
Edit

Storyline

Real-life individuals discuss topics on society, happiness in the working class among others and with those testimonies the filmmakers create fictional moments based on their interviews. Later on, the individuals discuss the images created with their own words and see if the movie obtained their level of reality. Written by Rodrigo Amaro

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The key work of the controversial new school of CINEMA-VERITE

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

20 October 1961 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Chronicle of a Summer: Paris, 1960  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

References Man with a Movie Camera (1929) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Rouch and the Intersubjective Reality
11 March 2014 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

Jean Rouch is remembered as an oddity in film history, an artist working in between of fact and fiction as well as the era of colonialism and post-colonialism. He is especially often crowned as the founder of ethnographic cinema, but "Chronicle of a Summer" (1961) made by Rouch and Edgar Morin is something a little different. It is the breakthrough film of cinéma vérite or "truth cinema" which had a huge impact on the following French New Wave, most of whose filmmakers admired Rouch.

Already in his earliest documentaries, Rouch isolates himself from his own time by focusing on engagement and immersion instead of observation. Interaction between the observer and his object -- or rather between subjects -- becomes vital. As vital is embracing the presented subjects' personal and collective world views, which form a fascinating entirety in Rouch's "I, a Black Man" (1958). In a word, the other and the self are of the same reality to Rouch.

Although a representative of so-called truth cinema, Rouch and Morin's film does not concern any epistemic and scientific truth, but rather the truth of the appearance of the intersubjective reality. The camera takes part in action, ceases to exist, but at the same is inseparably present. A fabric of real emotions, thoughts, lies and acts is born which can be taken as a truth of one kind. On the one hand, Rouch and Morin attempt to revolutionize the cinema or at least to turn its lens to itself, but on the other, their sociological mission is to find out how does the modern man live. Hence they ask "Are you happy?" from random people in the streets.

Rouch's "The Human Pyramid" (1961) might be more well organized, though utterly poetic, than "Chronicle of a Summer", but the latter is more essay-like which also associates it with the new wave. The remarks of the meta-level are not as detached from the rest of the film as in "The Human Pyramid", but still fact and fiction merge in an essential fashion.

However, Rouch didn't only affect new wave filmmakers for his cinematic methods but also for his image of the world and man. There is indeed great human beauty in the film. During the interviews and other scenes, the camera becomes a penetrating mirror to whom one can reveal all of one's secrets. Perhaps this also happens to the viewer in a lesser extent. On one level, Rouch and Morin reveal the need to talk and share in an individualistic society. On the other, they tell something enduring about man, life and cinema.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Where can i watch this film? chasingtimmy
Looking for a copy makotosaijo
skewed sample of people interviewed? humestreatise
Discuss Chronicle of a Summer (1961) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page