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Chronicle of Summer


Location: Bartos Screening Room

Dir. Jean Rouch and Edgar Morin. 1961. 90 mins. Imported 35mm print. In French with English subtitles.The fascinating result of a collaboration between filmmaker-anthropologist Jean Rouch and sociologist Edgar Morin, this vanguard work of what Morin termed cinéma-vérité serves as a sociopolitical diagnosis of France in the early sixties. Starting with the provocative and eternal question “Are you happy?” Rouch and Morin spend the summer of 1960 interviewing a wide variety of Parisian residents, from artists to factory workers, from an Italian émigré to an African student. Chronicle of a Summer’s penetrative approach gives us a document of a time and place with extraordinary emotional depth. “It’s one of the greatest, most audacious, most original documentaries ever made, one that poses—and, what’s more, responds to—questions of cinematic form and moral engagement that underlie the very genre, the very idea of nonfiction film.”—Richard Brody, The New Yorker.

Tickets: $15 ($11 seniors and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / free for children under 3 and Museum members at the Film Lover and Kids Premium levels and above). Order tickets online(Members may contact [email protected] with questions regarding online reservations.)

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