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Chronicle of a Summer 12 rating

The hugely influential and ground-breaking documentary film from filmmaker-anthropologist Jean Rouch and sociologist Edgar Morin.

Documentary 1961 90 mins

Director: Jean Rouch

Overview

Shot in Paris during 1960, Chronicle of a Summer is a fascinating result of a collaboration between filmmaker-anthropologist Jean Rouch and sociologist Edgar Morin. Through a series of interviews with real-life individuals the filmmakers produce a compelling film that questions the level of reality and truth in documentary filmmaking, as well as being a fascinating insight into 1960’s Parisian society.

With its use of handheld cameras and observational techniques, Chronicle of a Summer was a seminal influence on the cinéma-vérité movement of the 1960s and on many filmmakers since.