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

ISBN-10: 0226327159
ISBN-13: 9780226327150
Edition: 2009
Authors: Paul Henley
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Book details

List price: $46.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 2/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 536
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Though relatively unsung in the English-speaking world, Jean Rouch (19172004) was a towering figure of ethnographic cinema. Over the course of a fifty-year career, he completed over one hundred films, both documentary and fiction, and exerted an influence far beyond academia. Exhaustively researched yet elegantly written,The Adventure of the Realis the first comprehensive analysis of his practical filmmaking methods. Rouch developed these methods while conducting anthropological research in West Africa in the 1940s1950s. His innovative use of unscripted improvisation by his subjects had a profound impact on the French New Wave, Paul Henley reveals, while his documentary work launched the genre ofcinema-verite. In addition to tracking Rouch's pioneering career, Henley examines the technical strategies, aesthetic considerations, and ethical positions that contribute to Rouch's cinematographic legacy. Featuring over one hundred and fifty images,The Adventure of the Realis an essential introduction to Rouch's work.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Initiation
The Surrealist Encounter
The Camera and a Man In Africa
Nothing but Cinema
Encounters with Spirits
Heroes of the Modern World
Dreams of Black and White
Images of Power
Between Paris and the Land of Nowhere
Introduction: New Technologies, New Methods
Chronicle of a Violent Game
New Wave Experiments
Between Paris and the Land of Nowhere
A Struggle Waged Against Corruption
The Craft of Ethnographic Cinema
Introduction: Totemic Ancestors
Inspired Performance
The Harsh Dialogue
The Fixing of the Truth
Shared Anthropology
The Legacy of Jean Rouch
Appendixes
The Films of Jean Rouch
Jean Rouch's Films by Year and Category, 1946-2002
Films about Jean Rouch and His Nigerien Associates
Notes
Reference List
Index

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