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The Adventure of the Real: Jean Rouch and the Craft of Ethnographic Cinema

Paul Henley


Though relatively unsung in the English-speaking world, Jean Rouch (1917–2004) was a towering figure of ethnographic cinema, who, over the course of a fifty-year career, completed over one hundred films, both documentary and fiction, and exerted an influence far beyond academia. This book provides a comprehensive analysis of Rouch's practical filmmaking methods, which he developed while conducting anthropological research in West Africa in the 1940s–1950s. His innovative use of unscripted improvization by his subjects had a profound impact on the French New Wave, the author reveals, while his ... More

Keywords: Jean Rouch, ethnographic cinema, West Africa, French New Wave, cinema-vérité, cinematography, improvization, documentary, filmmaking, anthropology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780226327143
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226327167.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Henley, author