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20 October 1961 (France) See more »
The key work of the controversial new school of CINEMA-VERITE
Real-life individuals discuss topics on society, happiness in the working class among others and with... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Angelo ... Himself
Nadine Ballot ... Herself (as Nadine)
Régis Debray ... Himself (as Régis)
Jacques ... Himself
Landry ... Himself
Marceline Loridan Ivens ... Herself (as Marceline)
Edgar Morin ... Himself
Marilù Parolini ... Herself (as Mary-Lou)
Jean Rouch ... Himself
Jean-Pierre Sergent ... Himself (as Jean-Pierre)
Sophie ... Herself

Directed by
Edgar Morin 
Jean Rouch 
Produced by
Anatole Dauman .... producer
Philippe Lifchitz .... producer
Original Music by
Pierre Barbaud 
Cinematography by
Michel Brault 
Raoul Coutard 
Roger Morillière 
Jean-Jacques Tarbès 
Film Editing by
Néna Baratier 
Françoise Collin  (as Françoise Colin)
Jean Ravel 
Production Management
André Heinrich .... production manager
Sound Department
Michel Fano .... sound
Jean Nény .... sound mixer
Guy Rophé .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Claude Beausoleil .... assistant camera
Louis Boucher .... assistant camera
Other crew
Annette Blamont .... production secretary

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Also Known As:
"Chronique d'un été (Paris 1960)" - France (original title)
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85 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Cool film, landmark documentary, 28 December 2006
Author: JB-81 from United States

"Chronicle of A Summer" invented the cinema verité movement, the idea being that by celebrating and revealing the artificial nature of the film-making process, the truth, or more accurately, some truths will emerge. The film is enveloped with a luminous and appealing humanism, and it is a very cool and cinematic portrait of Paris in the beat days. Remember that World War Two was only a decade or so before this and somehow the fog of that war hangs over the film, especially given the backstory of one of the participants, at least this is what I remember..As historic documents go, it is also amazingly compelling today. I find the film much more absorbing than "Salesman" or Drew Associates stuff. Drink espresso instead of a pint before the film, my friend and you'll be fine..


PS If you want to watch paint dry, check out Melville- Although he's pretty great too..

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