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The film is comprised of a series of interviews, often grabbing people off the streets and asking them "if they are happy." The interviewees often discuss politics, philosophy and war. In itself, the interviews are a fascinating slice of culture. But the filmmakers then add a fascinating layer to the film by having the subjects watch the video and make commentary on it.
As you might guess, this meta-film is the stuff of film studies classes. Chronicle of a Summer is credited with heralding a cinema verite movement. Viewers with an interest in film studies and history will be most rewarded by this blu ray.
I always appreciate Criterion's editions because they allow those of us not currently in school to continue learning. The essay/booklet in particular helps with understanding the many ways that this film is "important."
The Criterion edition features:
---New 2K digital master from the 2011 Cineteca di Bologna restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
---"Un été + 50" (2011), a seventy-five-minute documentary featuring outtakes from the film, along with new interviews with codirector Edgar Morin and some of the film's participants
---Archival interviews with codirector Jean Rouch and Marceline Loridan, one of the film's participants
---New interview with anthropology professor Faye Ginsburg, the organizer of several Rouch retrospectives
---New English subtitle translation
---PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by scholar Sam Di Iorio
Jean Rouch is a pioneer of the French New Wave.
The film coalesces around a group of young people known to both directors,students,Renault carworkers,African students,white collar workers,artists.Some are members of a group called Radical Socialism,of which Morin is a member.2 others part of the Jean network for the independence of Algeria.There is a radical left wing brilliant student,Regis Debray,who is central to a lot of the debates. What links New Wave filmmaking and cinema verite is the erosion of the distinction between documentary and fiction. 'Chronicle' foregrounds the constructed nature of documentary `reality'. There is no objectivity,no script,but filmmakers provoking situations with groupsof people or individuals,all non-actors,through round table discussions or interviews.
There is a real emotional core in 2 females,Mary Lou,the Italian secretary at Cahier du Cinema,and Marceline,the French Jew who survived Auschwitz-Birkenau.There are ties between anticolonial sentiment and the Holocaust narrative.Read more ›
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Get this "used." It's a piece of history well preserved: One of the first Cinema Verité films. Read morePublished 16 months ago by TVguy
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Including subtitle and everything I need for the presentation ~!
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