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New Wave Experiments

New Wave Experiments

(p.176) 9: New Wave Experiments
The Adventure of the Real
University of Chicago Press

This chapter analyzes three films that Jean Rouch made in the 1960s: La Punition, first screened publicly in 1963; Gare du Nord, released in 1965; and Les Veuves de quinze ans, released in 1966. These films represented a series of attempts to apply the methods of cinéma-vérité to fictional filmmaking and, as such, were a continuation of “the experiment in cinéma-vérité” that he had announced in the opening voice-over in Chronicle of a Summer. Rouch often claimed that he was more interested in the results of these experiments than in whether his films were considered successful by cinema critics. In the case of these three films, this was just as well, since they received very mixed notices.

Keywords:   Jean Rouch, New Wave directors, ethnographic filmmakers, filmmaking, cinéma-vérité

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