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Rouch, Jean

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Most widely held works by Jean Rouch
Chronicle of a summer by Jean Rouch( Visual )

79 editions published between 1960 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 520 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A look at several citizens's of Paris in the year 1960. Using new lightweight camera equipment the filmmaker's Jean Rouch and Edgar Morin asked passersby on the streets of Paris whether or not they were happy. The answers vary as much as the individuals interviewed. Mary Lou describes her experience as an immigrant and a single woman living in Paris. Marcelline describes the difficulty of adapting to life in Paris after having been deported to a German work camp by the Vichy police. The filmmakers interview recently arrived African and European immigrants as well as longtime Parisians to create a picture of Paris in the aftermath of World War II. The film was made in the summer of 1960 by the sociologist Edgar Morin and the ethnographer Jean Rouch, and was promoted as an example of the new film movement dubbed "cinema verite."
Paris vu par Chabrol, Douchet, Godard, Pollet, Rohmer, Rouch( Visual )

18 editions published between 1965 and 2009 in French and held by 306 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Six directors release six vignettes set in different sections of Paris. Includes: Saint-Germain-des-Pres (Douchet); Gare du Nord (Rouch); Rue Saint-Denis (Pollet); Place de l'Etoile (Rhomer); Montparnasse and Levallois (Godard); and La Muette (Chabrol)
Chronique d'un été (Paris 1960) = Chronicle of a Summer (Paris 1960)( Visual )

1 edition published in 2013 in French and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

By interviewing a group of Paris residents in the summer of 1960, Rouch and Morin reveal the hopes and dreams of a wide array of people and give us a document of a time and place with extraordinary depth
Rouch in reverse( Visual )

8 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in English and held by 256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first film to look at European anthropology from the perspective of its subjects. Malian filmmaker and New York University professor, Manthia Diawara, examines the anthropological enterprise through the work of Jean Rouch, perhaps the most distinguished ethnographic filmmaker living today. The two discuss Rouch's work
Jean Rouch and his camera in the heart of Africa by Philo Bregstein( Visual )

10 editions published between 1978 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 231 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This program provides an in-depth look at the film work of Jean Rouch and his associates from Niger who participated in production of many of Rouch's Niger-based films. Rouch, Philo Bregstein and Niger cameramen discuss filmmaking and filmmakers who have had historical influence in the field. Segments from several of Rouch's earlier film works are interspersed with the filming in Niger and interviews
Margaret Mead : a portrait by a friend( Visual )

10 editions published between 1978 and 2014 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 230 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

French filmmaker Jean Rouch interviews AMNH anthropologist Margaret Mead. Mead speaks about her personal history, her family, her influences and mentors, and her field work in Bali, New Guinea, and Manus (also known as Great Admiralty Island). Mead and Rouch walk through the AMNH Hall of Pacific Peoples, and she discusses her theories about museum exhibits. They also visit the Dept. of Anthropology specimen storage area. Towards the conclusion of her interview, Mead considers the history of anthropology and speculates on its future role in building new cultures
Les Maîtres fous by Jean Rouch( Visual )

38 editions published between 1953 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

About the ceremony of a religious sect, the Hauka, which was widespread in West Africa from the 1920s to the 1950s. Supplicants consult the god through the trancing medium and receive advice about their problems. This ceremony was filmed by Jean Rouch in 1954 in a farm near Accra Ghana
Jaguar by Jean Rouch( Visual )

31 editions published between 1965 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three young men from the Savannah of Niger leave their homeland to seek wealth and adventure on the coast and in the cities of Ghana. This film is the story of their travels, their encounters along the way, their experiences in Accra and Kumasi, and, after three months, their return to their families and friends at home. The film is part documentary, part fiction, and part reflective commentary. There was no portable sound synchronized equipment in the early 1950s when Jaguar was shot. Instead, Rouch had the main characters (his friends and "accomplices") improvise a narrative while they viewed the film, which was itself improvized along the way. The resulting soundtrack consists of remembered dialogue, of joking and exclamations, of questions and explanations about the action on the screen. Short-term, rural migration to the cities is common to much of contemporary Africa. Here we meet Lam the herdsman, Illo the fisherman and Damoure, their unsettled but literate friend. The three trek for more than a month south through Dahomey to Ghana, crossing the land of the Somba people (whose nudity shocks them), eating coconuts "more delicious than cheese," and delighting in the ocean with its waves and starfish. Eventually they part ways. Damoure and Illo go to Accra and Lam to Kumasi, where they find jobs as dockworker, foreman for a lumberman, and cattleherder for a city butcher. Having made their separate journeys, they meet again in Kumasi with a fourth friend, and set up an open-air stall, Petit a Petit, in which they hawk everything from alarm clocks to pictures of Queen Elizabeth. Financially successful but homesick, the friends decide to leave the excitement, turmoil and bewildering complexity of the city to return home to Niger before the rains. Lam rejoins his herd, enriched with a new umbrella and a lance; Illo, "magician of the river," catches a hippo and distributes everything he has brought from his journey to his family; and Damoure admires anew the beauty of Niger women. Yet although life in the village resumes as usual, Illo, Lam and Damoure have been "jaguars" in the city: sophisticated "keen young men" with fancy hairdos, cigarettes, sunglasses, money, and knowledge of the urban world. The film raises, but does not answer, questions about the meaning of this experience and the transformations it may entail in the lives of the returned youths. Jaguar, Thomas Beidelman has written, "does succeed in catch ing the flavor of what it must be like to pass to and from a modern city and a rural village in Africa . . . Jaguar could be an eloquent document on the process of social change." The flavor, it might be added, is very gay. Rouch has pointed out that Jaguar does not attempt to reveal the misery and pain of the annual migration, or the boredom of village life in the dry season (eight months of the year) when young men, no longer warriors as in the past, have nothing to do. Few men, in actuality, become "jaguars" in the carefree style of Damoure, Lam, and Illo. For most, the city is a struggle. Yet jaguar is nonetheless a vivid portrayal of the ideal of migration, a fantasy imparted through the improvised actions and spirited commentary of the characters. In this film Rouch has developed a form one might call "ethnographic fantasy," with an authenticity and reality as important, although quite different, from that of Rouch's own monograph on rural migration to Accra
La religion et la magie Songhay by Jean Rouch( Book )

21 editions published between 1960 and 1989 in French and Undetermined and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Les Songhay by Jean Rouch( Book )

25 editions published between 1954 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 218 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cette étude générale est le résultat de plusieurs enquêtes menées sur le terrain entre 1941 et 1951. Par suite de l'éparpillement des Songhay entre les territoires du Soudan, Niger, de la Haute-Volta, du Dahomey et du Nigeria britannique, aucun travail de synthèse n'existe encore sur ce groupement de plus d'un demi-million d'habitants et dont l'influence culturelle dépasse largement le nord de la boucle du Niger. Ce travail constitue une synthèse sur ce groupement. (réédition)
Cinéma vérité : defining the moment( Visual )

2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The cinéma vérité (or direct cinema) movement of the '50s and '60s was driven by a group of rebel filmmakers tired of stilted documentaries. They wanted to show life as it really is: raw, gritty, dramatic. Rich in excerpts from vérité classics ... this is the first film to capture all the excitement of a revolution that changed movie-making forever"--Container. Includes commentary by filmmakers, and explores vérité's influence in everything from TV news to music videos to Webcams
Jean Rouch by Jean Rouch( Visual )

11 editions published between 2004 and 2010 in French and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents ten films by ethnologist Jean Rouch, along with interviews of the filmmaker, famous for his Niger-based films
Conversations with Jean Rouch( Visual )

6 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This intimate revealing video of conversations between Jean Rouch and a number of filmmakers and friends, including John Marshall and Colin Young, is unlike any past films on Rouch's life and work. It was shot over a three year period from 1978-1980 by his friend, Ann McIntosh, who taught video under Ricky Leacock at MIT."--Case
Jean Rouch : Premier film : 1947-1991 by Dominique Dubosc( Visual )

7 editions published between 1991 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Interview of Jean Rouch by Robert Gardner. As a filmmaker, Rouch left a legacy of more than 120 films. His half century of ethnographic filmmaking in Africa distinguished him as a master of the documentary form. Jean Rouch appeared on Screening room in July 1980 and screened Les maitres fous as well as several film excerpts including Rhythm of work and Death of a priest
La chasse au lion l'arc by Jean Rouch( Visual )

24 editions published between 1965 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An ethnographic study which follows an ill-fated band of Niger hunters from the elaborate preparations for lion hunting through the actual kill. Characterizes the hunters as a group apart from their kinsmen; describes the intricacies of brewing poison for the arrows and discusses the passion of the kill
Rouch's gang by Steef Meyknecht( Visual )

11 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 128 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1991, Jean Rouch started work on his new feature film Madame l'Eau, much of which was shot in Holland. The documentary Rouch's Gang follows the film crew and provides a glimpse behind the scenes as Jean Rouch and his four friends from Niger make their film. By providing an outsider's view of Madame l'Eau, the documentary provides insight into how Rouch approaches his films
Screening room with Jean Rouch( Visual )

3 editions published between 1980 and 2014 in English and held by 120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jean Rouch appeared on Screening Room in July 1980 and screened Les Maitres Fous as well as several film excerpts including Rhythm of Work and Death of a Priest
Encountering Jean Rouch by Hu Taili( Visual )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This short film was shot in 2002 during Bilan du Film Ethnographic for the purpose of introducing Jean Rouch to the audience at 2003 Taiwan International Ethnographic film festival. Unexpectedly, Jean Rouch passed away in 2004
Screening room with Ricky Leacock( Visual )

1 edition published in 1973 in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ricky Leacock visited Screening Room on June 15, 1973, with Al Mecklenburg and Jon Rosenfeld. He demonstrates super-8 sync technology and screens excerpts from his films Republicans: The New Breed and Queens of Apollo, as well as rare footage of Indira Ghandi
Tracking the pale fox : studies on the Dogon( Visual )

2 editions published between 1983 and 2011 in French and English and held by 101 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This film tells with verve and a touch of self-irony the history of research on the Dogon since the famous 1931 expedition of Marcel Griaule. The film establishes the original expedition in the context of French anthropology at the time. Jean Rouch, celebrated filmmaker and less known as an anthropologist on the Dogon, narrates part of the story, and interviews Dogon elders and veteran expedition-member, Germaine Dieterlen
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Paris vu par Chabrol, Douchet, Godard, Pollet, Rohmer, Rouch
Alternative Names
Jean Rouch director de cine francés

Jean Rouch director de cinema francés

Jean Rouch etnologo, antropologo e regista francese

Jean Rouch Frans filmregisseur

Jean Rouch französischer Regisseur

Jean Rouch French film director

Rouch, J.

Rouch, J. 1917-2004

Rouch, Jean

Жан Руш

Руш, Жан

ז'אן רוש

ژان روش

로슈, 장 1917-2004



The cinematic griot : the ethnography of Jean RouchCiné-ethnographyThe adventure of the real : Jean Rouch and the craft of ethnographic cinemaBuilding bridges : the cinema of Jean Rouch