in about 100 words or less
France 76m, B&W
Director: Jean Rouch, Edgar Morin; Cast: Angelo,Nadine Ballot, Régis Debray, Jacques, Landry, Marceline, Loridan Ivens
An influential example of cinéma vérité, Chronicle of a Summer is both a portrait of the life in Paris, and an exploration of objectivity in documentary film making. Beginning with the question “Are you happy?” this is a pseudo documentary film that employs an ethnographic approach in which people are asked to discuss their part in French working class society, and then asked to comment on the how realistically they were portrayed in the film. This is an interesting academic concept, but with limited appeal outside of the classroom (Klaus Ming April 2016).