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20 October 1961 (France) See more »
The key work of the controversial new school of CINEMA-VERITE
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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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Cinéma vérité, 24 April 2007

By 1960 the documentary had evolved with new sound equipment and lighter cameras. In a direct line from the ideas of Flaherty and Vertov, Canadian filmmakers as Michel Brault had made significant shorts as "Les raquetteurs" (1959), while in the United States Robert Drew created his seminal work, "Primary" (1960.) All this activity helped the launching of "cinéma vérité" in France, with this film manifesto made by anthropologist Jean Rouch and sociologist Edgar Morin. With a "caméra vivant" (living camera) and the question "Are you happy?", they went out to the streets of Paris to make a survey, showing passages in the life of students, workers and migrants (including Joris Ivens' future wife), with a short escapade to the St. Tropez beach, and a final confrontation of the creators and subjects with the footage and the idea of constructing objective pieces of reality on film. Rouch and American Frederick Wiseman believed in a kind of documentary open to emotional spaces and fantasy (as opposed, for example, to Richard Leacock's more naturalistic approach), and eventually changed the tone of their works, while the movement finally identified with the concept of "direct cinéma", developed by Canadians and American filmmakers.

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