.. this recent article in taz (german link) reminded me of the current retrospectives of filmmaker Jean Rouch, because of his recent death or as BBC put it: Father of ‘cinema verite’ dies. Information on his work can be found at the Documentary educational resources site, which hosts in magazine like style a general archive and a posting list on documentary films. It provides profound sources like an interview with Rouch and other well interlinked material on this specific filmmaker of cinema verite ….
Although Rouch is best known for Chronique, and for the inspiration that it offered to New Wave filmmakers such as Jean-Luc Goddard and Francois Truffaut, his most striking contributions to film remain more than seventy ethnographic films made in West Africa. From the 1940s until the present, Rouch has produced films in Ghana, Niger, Mali, and Upper Volta, ranging from straightforward portrayals of extraordinary ritual events, such as Les Maitres Fous and Lion Hunters to “collective improvisations” such as Jaguar.
(a specific description of first cinema verite films by Rouch and Morin also at sensesofcinema.com)
… and cine trance …
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