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Chronicle of a Violent Game

Chronicle of a Violent Game

(p.145) 8: Chronicle of a Violent Game
The Adventure of the Real
University of Chicago Press

The film Chronicle of a Summer (Chronique d'un été) follows a group of young people living in Paris in the summer of 1960, exploring their views about work, love, and happiness but also about the colonial wars then going on in Africa. The ups and downs of the cat's cradle of relationships involved in the making of Chronicle, as well as the many different transformations that the film went through from initial conception to final version, have been wittily recollected by the film's co-director Edgar Morin in a memoir written shortly after the release of the film. This chapter relies particularly on his account, supplemented by commentaries by Jean Rouch and a number of third parties, to discuss the practical processes whereby Chronicle came into being.

Keywords:   Jean Rouch, films, ethnographic filmmakers, Chronicle of Summer, young people, filmmaking

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