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The Adventure of the Real

Paul Henley

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780226327143
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226327167 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226327167.001.0001
The Adventure of the Real

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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 documentary work launched the genre of cinema-vérité. In addition to tracking Rouch's pioneering career, the author examines the technical strategies, aesthetic considerations, and ethical positions that contribute to Rouch's cinematographic legacy.

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

Book.  508 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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Initiation in The Adventure of the Real

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The Surrealist Encounter in The Adventure of the Real

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Nothing But Cinema in The Adventure of the Real

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Encounters with Spirits in The Adventure of the Real

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Heroes of the Modern World in The Adventure of the Real

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Dreams of Black and White in The Adventure of the Real

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Images of Power in The Adventure of the Real

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Chronicle of a Violent Game in The Adventure of the Real

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New Wave Experiments in The Adventure of the Real

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