- Title Pages
- 1: Initiation
- 2: The Surrealist Encounter
- 3: Nothing But Cinema
- 4: Encounters with Spirits
- 5: Heroes of the Modern World
- 6: Dreams of Black and White
- 7: Images of Power
- Part II Between Paris and the Land of Nowhere
- 8: Chronicle of a Violent Game
- 9: New Wave Experiments
- 10: Between Paris and the Land of Nowhere
- 11: A Struggle Waged Against Corruption
- Part III The Craft of Ethnographic Cinema
- 12: Inspired Performance
- 13: The Harsh Dialogue
- 14: The Fixing of the Truth
- 15: Shared Anthropology
- 16: The Legacy of Jean Rouch
- Appendix I The Films of Jean Rouch
- Appendix II Jean Rouch's Films By Year and Category, 1946–2002
- Appendix III Films about Jean Rouch and His Nigerien Associates
- Reference List
The Harsh Dialogue
The Harsh Dialogue
- (p.278) 13: The Harsh Dialogue
- The Adventure of the Real
- University of Chicago Press
This chapter focuses on Jean Rouch's views about editing. Rouch had relatively little to say about the process of editing, and, from what little he did say, seems to have had distinctly contradictory attitudes about this phase of the filmmaking process. On the one hand, he would often assert the great importance of editing and that the editing of a film should always be performed by someone who has had no involvement in the actual shooting. On the other, despite these assertions about the great importance of working with an editor, Rouch seems to have worked hard to keep it to a minimum, be it by his practices on location or back in the edit suite.
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