Ciné-Ethnography: Jean Rouch Edited and translated by Steven Feld. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, $ cloth; $ paper. Jean Rouch was a French filmmaker and anthropologist. He is considered to be one of the Godard said of Rouch in the Cahiers du Cinéma (Notebooks on Cinema) n°94 . Portis, Irene – Jean Rouch: The Semiotics of Ethnographic Film Irene Portis – Winner Cambridge, MA August 7, ; Rothman, William (editor). Cine-Ethnography has 19 ratings and 0 reviews. One of the most influential figures in documentary and ethnographic filmmaking, Jean Rouch.

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The army, Verdun, France, honor, dignity, money, church, work, society, family, economic man, libido, historical materialism — everything had been taken away by the winds of one of the brightest springs the world has known. Chronicle Of A Summer: One of the most influential figures in documentary and ethnographic filmmaking, Jean Rouch has made more than one hundred films in West Africa and France.

Joking, including about the bleakest of conditions, is inbuilt. As Rouch put it to Enrico Fulchignoni in Sympathetic to the depictions of others in the film, with regard to himself, he says:. Jean Rouch began his long association with African subjects inwhen he arrived in Niamey as a French colonial hydrology engineer to supervise a construction project in Niger.

While her image in the film strikes her as superficial she appears a delightful, sympathetic character, who tells a story of her first encounter with bedbugs! These people were slum dwellers — how could one joke about their conditions?

Lindsay Humes rated it really liked it Aug 18, In the four essays that follow, Rouch discusses the ethnographic film as a genre, the history of African cinema, his experiences of filmmaking among the Songhay, and the intertwined histories of French colonialism, anthropology, and cinema. Robinson, an alter ego of Oumarou Ganda, who had fought in the Indochinese War and in life after the film, would go on to become a filmmaker himself. No beating around the bush here. Steven Feld is professor of music and anthropology at Columbia University.


Michel Brault was brought over from Canada, where he had shot short films with hand-held camera and synchronous sound for the Canadian Film Board.

He was hailed by the French New Wave as one of theirs.


Jean Rouch was born in Paris in And in four interviews, Rouch thoughtfully reflects on each of his films, as well as his artistic, intellectual, ethnographj political concerns.

Must these people remain more foreign to us than Nanook the Eskimo, the fisherman of Aran, or the Mean hunter? Alas, it was my loss. A joker can get to the bottom of things as well as another but this should not prevent him from self-discipline.

They talk about their own lives.

A tall order, with more to come. Working in the Presented. What is pathetic in my adventure is that for long years, the scream that was tearing me apart never left my throat. He was also hailed by the French New Wave as one of theirs. One thing they agree on is the one-sidedness of the portraits. Rajat rated it really liked it Apr 13, There are no discussion topics on this efhnography yet.

Three men dramatized their real-life roles in the film, and went on to become one of the first three actors of Nigerien cinema. This crossing point, the nexus of cinematic and social theory, seems like a gulf to many more at home in their separate terrains. As Rouch puts it:. Only in the 70s and 80s did some of etunography writings and interviews appear in English.


Cine-Ethnography by Jean Rouch

The answer could be an easy yes only if poetry, narrative and drama were not already built into everyday life. For me, as an ethnographer and filmmaker, there is almost no boundary between documentary film and films of fiction. So what made Rouch? But if you already know so many things, why bother me with all these simple questions? In such acclaimed works as Jaguar, The Lion Hunters, and Cocorico, Monsieur Poulet, Rouch has explored racism, colonialism, African modernity, religious ritual, and music.

Princeton University Press, NJ, Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. Steven Feld is professor of music and anthropology at Columbia University. As Rouch says etynography him:. He studied civil engineering before turning to film and anthropology in response to his experiences in West Africa during World War II.

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Jean Rouch is generally considered the father of Nigerien cinema. It is then that we can feel for a moment that truth is that which is hidden in us, beneath our petrified relationships. Lists with This Book. Karla Noriega marked it as to-read Sep 16, Penelope rated it it was amazing Nov 19, Want to Read saving….

Jean Rouch Chronicle of a Summer: And by a strange paradox I had started my life as an engineer of bridges and roads by blowing up the most prestigious bridges in France. He was buried in Niamey, Niger. As his Bell and Howell camera had had to be rewound every twenty-five seconds, no sentences in the narration could be longer than that.

One, Robert Flaherty, was a geographer-explorer who was doing ethnography without knowing it.