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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.

Directors:

Edgar Morin, Jean Rouch
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Cast

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

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

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

20 October 1961 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Chronicle of a Summer See more »

Filming Locations:

Ramatuelle, Var, France See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Argos Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The sociologist Edgar Morin, who co-directed Chronicle of a Summer (1961), coined the term Cinéma Vérité in one of his texts shortly before the film was produced. See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

Followed by Un été +50 (2011) See more »

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A Moving Ethnography of Human Interraction
5 March 2009 | by myxlastxsongSee all my reviews

This film is incredibly poignant and essential in understanding the history of documentary film-making. Set in 1960's France during the Algerian War (France's equivalent of Vietnam), the viewer is taken on the journey of the lives of some incredibly interesting young adults. The film begins by reeling interviewees in with the simple question, "Are you happy?" Of course this is only a spring board for the subjects to invite us into their lives. Race relations, holocaust memories, mental illness, and so much more plague our subjects, both creating fear and excitement within the viewer. Not to mention there is a very cool, very unique ending, ala Robert Flaherty. Not to be missed.


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