Chronicle of a Violent Game

in The Adventure of the Real

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780226327143
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226327167 | DOI:
Chronicle of a Violent Game

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The film Chronicle of a Summer (Chronique d'un été) follows a group of young people living in Paris in the summer of 1960, exploring their views about work, love, and happiness but also about the colonial wars then going on in Africa. The ups and downs of the cat's cradle of relationships involved in the making of Chronicle, as well as the many different transformations that the film went through from initial conception to final version, have been wittily recollected by the film's co-director Edgar Morin in a memoir written shortly after the release of the film. This chapter relies particularly on his account, supplemented by commentaries by Jean Rouch and a number of third parties, to discuss the practical processes whereby Chronicle came into being.

Keywords: Jean Rouch; films; ethnographic filmmakers; Chronicle of Summer; young people; filmmaking

Chapter.  12160 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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