Chronicle of a Summer
|Chronicle of a Summer|
|Chronique d'un été|
|Directed by||Jean Rouch and Edgar Morin|
|Produced by||Anatole Dauman|
|Narrated by||Jean Rouch|
|Edited by||Néna Baratier|
|Music by||Pierre Barbaud|
Chronicle of a Summer (French original title: Chronique d'un été) is a 1961 French documentary film shot during the summer of 1960 by sociologist Edgar Morin and anthropologist and filmmaker Jean Rouch, with the technical and aesthetic collaboration of Québécois director-cameraman Michel Brault.
The film is widely regarded as structurally innovative and an example of cinéma vérité and direct cinema. The term "cinéma vérité" was suggested by the film's publicist and coined by Rouch, highlighting a connection between film and its context, a fact Brault confirmed in an interview after a 2011 screening of Chronique d'un été at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto.
The film begins with Rouch and Morin discussing whether it is possible to act sincerely on camera. A cast of real-life individuals are then introduced and led by the filmmakers to discuss topics related to French society and working-class happiness. At the movie's end, the filmmakers show their subjects the footage and have them discuss the level of reality that they thought the movie achieved.
Chronicle of a Summer was filmed in Paris and Saint-Tropez, France. Rouch used synchronized sound, using a 16 mm camera connected through pilottone with a prototype of Nagra III, a transistorized tape recorder with electronic speed control developed by Stefan Kudelski.
All cast members appear as themselves.
- Jean Rouch
- Edgar Morin
- Marceline Loridan-Ivens
- Marilù Parolini (as Mary Lou)
- Jean-Pierre Sergent
- Jean (worker)
- Nadine Ballot (student)
- Régis Debray (student)
- Céline (student)
- Jean-Marc (student)
- Landry (student)
- Raymond (student)
- Jacques (office workers)
- Simone (office workers)
- Henri (artist)
- Madi (artist)
- Catherine (artist)
- Sophie (One cover girl)
- Véro (young girl, uncredited)
- Maxie (Jacques' wife, uncredited)
- Jacques Rivette (cameo, scene deleted)
- "Silent film tops documentary poll". BBC News. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
- Chronicle of a Summer at IMDb
- Chronicle of a Summer: Truth and Consequences an essay by Sam Di Iorio at the Criterion Collection