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The Adventure of the Real: Jean Rouch and the Craft of Ethnographic Cinema

Paul Henley

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226327143
eISBN:
9780226327167
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226327167.001.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, African Cultural Anthropology

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 ... More


Shared Anthropology

in The Adventure of the Real: Jean Rouch and the Craft of Ethnographic Cinema

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226327143
eISBN:
9780226327167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226327167.003.0015
Subject:
Anthropology, African Cultural Anthropology

This chapter examines Jean Rouch's conception of “shared anthropology.” For Rouch, there were a number of different stations on the “path of shared anthropology.” During the first stage, the feedback ... More


The Legacy of Jean Rouch

in The Adventure of the Real: Jean Rouch and the Craft of Ethnographic Cinema

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226327143
eISBN:
9780226327167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226327167.003.0016
Subject:
Anthropology, African Cultural Anthropology

This chapter, which attempts to summarize the principles of Jean Rouch's praxis and to assess the value of the legacy that he has left for future generations of ethnographic filmmakers, begins by ... More


New Wave Experiments

in The Adventure of the Real: Jean Rouch and the Craft of Ethnographic Cinema

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226327143
eISBN:
9780226327167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226327167.003.0009
Subject:
Anthropology, African Cultural Anthropology

This chapter analyzes three films that Jean Rouch made in the 1960s: La Punition, first screened publicly in 1963; Gare du Nord, released in 1965; and Les Veuves de quinze ans, released in 1966. ... More


A Struggle Waged Against Corruption

in The Adventure of the Real: Jean Rouch and the Craft of Ethnographic Cinema

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226327143
eISBN:
9780226327167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226327167.003.0011
Subject:
Anthropology, African Cultural Anthropology

The Dogon of the Bandiagara Escarpment in eastern Mali held a particularly privileged place in Jean Rouch's personal imaginary. Rouch devoted a vast amount of time and energy to the filming of their ... More


Inspired Performance

in The Adventure of the Real: Jean Rouch and the Craft of Ethnographic Cinema

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226327143
eISBN:
9780226327167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226327167.003.0012
Subject:
Anthropology, African Cultural Anthropology

This chapter discusses some of the key principles of Jean Rouch's shooting praxis. Rouch believed that an essential requirement for any successful filmmaking adventure was the presence of some ... More


Chronicle of a Violent Game

in The Adventure of the Real: Jean Rouch and the Craft of Ethnographic Cinema

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226327143
eISBN:
9780226327167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226327167.003.0008
Subject:
Anthropology, African Cultural Anthropology

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 ... More


The Harsh Dialogue

in The Adventure of the Real: Jean Rouch and the Craft of Ethnographic Cinema

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226327143
eISBN:
9780226327167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226327167.003.0013
Subject:
Anthropology, African Cultural Anthropology

This chapter focuses on Jean Rouch's views about editing. Rouch had relatively little to say about the process of editing, and, from what little he did say, seems to have had distinctly contradictory ... More


Between Paris and the Land of Nowhere

in The Adventure of the Real: Jean Rouch and the Craft of Ethnographic Cinema

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226327143
eISBN:
9780226327167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226327167.003.0010
Subject:
Anthropology, African Cultural Anthropology

In contrast to other leading figures of ethnographic cinema, such as Robert Gardner or David and Judith MacDougall, who have made films in several different continents, Jean Rouch returned ... More


Nothing But Cinema

in The Adventure of the Real: Jean Rouch and the Craft of Ethnographic Cinema

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226327143
eISBN:
9780226327167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226327167.003.0003
Subject:
Anthropology, African Cultural Anthropology

In July 1946 Jean Rouch spent several months in West Africa, traveling the length of the Niger with two wartime comrades and contemporaries from the École des Ponts et Chausées, Pierre Ponty and Jean ... More


The Fixing of the Truth

in The Adventure of the Real: Jean Rouch and the Craft of Ethnographic Cinema

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226327143
eISBN:
9780226327167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226327167.003.0014
Subject:
Anthropology, African Cultural Anthropology

This chapter focuses on Jean Rouch's editing praxis. It shows that although Rouch may have been a Napoleon of the edit suite, dedicating himself with great energy to the resolution of technical ... More


Initiation

in The Adventure of the Real: Jean Rouch and the Craft of Ethnographic Cinema

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226327143
eISBN:
9780226327167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226327167.003.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, African Cultural Anthropology

This chapter outlines the circumstances under which, as a very young man in the late 1930s and early 1940s, Jean Rouch was first attracted to anthropology, or ethnology as it was then known in ... More


Encounters with Spirits

in The Adventure of the Real: Jean Rouch and the Craft of Ethnographic Cinema

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226327143
eISBN:
9780226327167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226327167.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, African Cultural Anthropology

This chapter focuses on the films Jean Rouch made during a second doctoral fieldwork expedition, which took place between July 1950 and June 1951, and involved a journey from the French Soudan to the ... More


Heroes of the Modern World

in The Adventure of the Real: Jean Rouch and the Craft of Ethnographic Cinema

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226327143
eISBN:
9780226327167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226327167.003.0005
Subject:
Anthropology, African Cultural Anthropology

Migration from rural to urban areas intensified in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa in the period immediately after the Second World War. This was a social phenomenon of major importance and the ... More


Dreams of Black and White

in The Adventure of the Real: Jean Rouch and the Craft of Ethnographic Cinema

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226327143
eISBN:
9780226327167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226327167.003.0006
Subject:
Anthropology, African Cultural Anthropology

In November 1956, Jean Rouch moved to the French colony on the Ivory Coast to begin a new phase of his migration research. Over the next four years, Abidjan, the capital, would become the principal ... More


Images of Power

in The Adventure of the Real: Jean Rouch and the Craft of Ethnographic Cinema

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226327143
eISBN:
9780226327167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226327167.003.0007
Subject:
Anthropology, African Cultural Anthropology

This chapter analyzes the film Les Maîtres fous, which established Jean Rouch's international renown. Les Maîtres fous concerns the hauka spirit possession cult in and around Accra, the capital of ... More


Ways of Seeing and the Surreal of Reality

Elizabeth Cowie

in Recording Reality, Desiring the Real

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816645480
eISBN:
9781452945866
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816645480.003.0006
Subject:
Art, Visual Culture

This chapter discusses how documentary film may engage spectators in the surreal of reality. A certain loss always occurs in every representation of documentary. The chapter explores the behavior of ... More


The Surrealist Encounter

in The Adventure of the Real: Jean Rouch and the Craft of Ethnographic Cinema

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226327143
eISBN:
9780226327167
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226327167.003.0002
Subject:
Anthropology, African Cultural Anthropology

This chapter explores the connections between ethnology and the Surrealist movement, since it was through a prior encounter with the latter that Jean Rouch discovered the former. The interests and ... More


Imagination

in The Power of the Between: An Anthropological Odyssey

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226775340
eISBN:
9780226775364
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226775364.003.0024
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

This chapter details the author's meeting with anthropologist and filmmaker Jean Rouch, where they talk about imagination. Imagination, in all of its artistic permutations, enables us to approach the ... More


Third Docufictions

Igor Krstić

in Slums on Screen: World Cinema and the Planet of Slums

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781474406864
eISBN:
9781474421928
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474406864.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter discusses the international film culture of the 1960s and 1970s against the backdrop of the massive urbanisation of what used to be called the ‘Third World’. During these decades not ... More


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