Chronicle of a Summer

Chronicle of a Summer (1961)

The first film of cinéma vérité

  • Genre: Documentary
  • Release Date: 1961-10-20
  • User Rating: 7.4/10 from 49 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 27min
  • Language: Français
  • Production Company: Argos Films
  • Production Country: France
  • Directors: , .
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Paris, summer of 1960. Anthropologist and filmmaker Jean Rouch, along with sociologist and film critic Edgar Morin, both assisted by Marceline and Nadine, roam the crowded streets asking ordinary people how they deal with the misfortunes of life. Are you happy? But their real purpose is to find out if people can speak sincerely in front of a camera and how they react when they are later invited to analyze the meaning of their answers.

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Chronicle of a Summer Photos

Production Anatole Dauman Producer
Camera Raoul Coutard Director of Photography
Editing Jean Ravel Editor
Production Philippe Lifchitz Producer
Camera Jean-Jacques Tarbès Director of Photography
Sound Jean Nény Sound Mixer
Editing Françoise Collin Editor
Directing Edgar Morin Director
Writing Edgar Morin Writer
Directing Edgar Morin Co-Director
Directing Jean Rouch Director
Writing Jean Rouch Writer
Camera Michel Brault Director of Photography
Sound Guy Rophé Sound
Production André Heinrich Production Director
Sound Michel Fano Sound
Camera Roger Morillière Director of Photography
Editing Néna Baratier Editor
Production Annette Blamont Production Secretary