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The Adventure of the RealJean Rouch and the Craft of Ethnographic Cinema$
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Paul Henley

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780226327143

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226327167.001.0001

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New Wave Experiments

New Wave Experiments

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(p.176) 9: New Wave Experiments
Source:
The Adventure of the Real
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226327167.003.0009

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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