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Chronicle of a Summer (1961)

Chronique d'un été (Paris 1960) (original title)
Not Rated | | Documentary | 20 October 1961 (France)
A documentary about the everyday lives of ordinary Parisians, done in the style of cinéma vérité.


Edgar Morin, Jean Rouch
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Credited cast:
Angelo ... Self
Nadine Ballot Nadine Ballot ... Self (as Nadine)
Catherine ... Elle-même - une artiste
Céline Céline ... Elle-même - une étudiante
Régis Debray Régis Debray ... Self (as Régis)
Henri Henri ... Lui-mêm - un artiste
Jacques Jacques ... Self
Jean Jean ... Lui-même - un ouvrier
Jean-Marc Jean-Marc ... Lui-même - un étudiant
Landry ... Self
Marceline Loridan Ivens ... Self (as Marceline)
Madi Madi ... Elle-même - une artiste
Edgar Morin ... Self
Marilù Parolini ... Self (as Mary-Lou)
Raymond Raymond ... Lui-même - un étudiant


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

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




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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »


[first lines]
Jean Rouch, Himself: This film was made without actors, but lived by men and women who devoted some of their time to a novel experiment of "cinéma vérité."
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References Man with a Movie Camera (1929) See more »

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Sacre bleau
12 February 2004 | by dan2058See all my reviews

I stepped on a box of upturned cocktail sticks once, and would happily do it again if it would get me out of ever having to see this again. The art of watching paint dry seems like a spectator sport in comparison. At the mid point of this movie i seriously considered gauging my eyes out with a rusty spoon but i had been drained of the energy that would enable me to do so. This film was intended to explore 'life' however it made me question whether or not i wanted to keep living mine. On a serious note, in the screening i was in, i spotted 7 people sleeping and half the audience simply walked out. Do not operate heavy machinery while watching or thinking about this so called film, i call it a video that allows real people to experience the monotony of manic depression. Watch Stuart Little instead.

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Release Date:

20 October 1961 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Chronicle of a Summer See more »

Filming Locations:

Ramatuelle, Var, France See more »

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Argos Films See more »
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1.37 : 1
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