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Essentially the most influential figures in documentary and ethnographic filmmaking, Jean Rouch has made multiple hundred movies in West Africa and France. In such acclaimed works as Jaguar, The Lion Hunters, and Cocorico, Monsieur Poulet, Rouch has explored racism, colonialism, African modernity, spiritual ritual, and track. He pioneered quite a few movie recommendations and applied sciences, and within the strategy encouraged generations of filmmakers, from New Wave administrators, who emulated his cinema verité kind, to modern-day documentarians. Ciné-Ethnography is a long-overdue English-language source that collects Rouch's key writings, interviews, and different fabrics that distill his pondering on filmmaking, ethnography, and his personal occupation. Editor Steven Feld opens with a concise evaluate of Rouch's occupation, highlighting the subjects chanced on all through his paintings. within the 4 essays that stick to, Rouch discusses the ethnographic movie as a style, the background of African cinema, his stories of filmmaking one of the Songhay, and the intertwined histories of French colonialism, anthropology, and cinema. And in 4 interviews, Rouch thoughtfully displays on each one of his motion pictures, in addition to his inventive, highbrow, and political issues. Ciné-Ethnography additionally includes an annotated transcript of Chronicle of a Summer-one of Rouch's most crucial works-along with observation via the filmmakers, and concludes with a whole, annotated filmography and a bibliography. the main thorough source on Rouch on hand in any language, Ciné-Ethnography makes transparent this striking and nonetheless important filmmaker's significant function within the heritage of documentary cinema. Jean Rouch used to be born in Paris in 1917. He studied civil engineering prior to turning to movie and anthropology in accordance with his reports in West Africa in the course of global battle II. Rouch is the recipient of diverse awards, together with the overseas Critics Award at Cannes for the movie Chronicle of a summer season in 1961. Steven Feld is professor of tune and anthropology at Columbia college.

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Bulletin de l’Institut Français d’Afrique Noir (Serie B: Sciences Humaines) 22 (34): 369–78. ———. 1968. ” In Ethnologie générale, Encyclopedie de la Pléiade Paris: Gallimard. ———. 1972. ” L’Avant-Scène 123: 3–52. ———. 1989. La religion et la magie Songhay. 2d ed. Brussels: Université de Brussels. Rouget, Gilbert. 1965. ” L’Homme 5 (2): 126–32. Ruby, Jay. 1980. ” Semiotica 30 (12): 153–79. ———. 2000. Picturing Culture: Explorations in Film and Anthropology. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Picturing Culture: Explorations in Film and Anthropology. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ———, ed. 1982. A Crack in the Mirror. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. ———, ed. 1989. ” Visual Anthropology 2 (3–4). Russell, Catherine. 1999. Experimental Ethnography: The Work of Film in the Age of Video. Durham: Duke University Press. Sadoul, Georges. 1961. ” Les lettres Françaises 873 (April): 5. ———. 1971. Dziga Vertov: Préface de Jean Rouch. Paris: Editions Champ Libre. Sauzier, Bertrand.

19. 20. On the complexities of Flaherty’s “participation” idea, see Rotha 1980. See Rouch’s and Brault’s comments on these developments in Marsolais 1974, 355–58. Also see “The Camera and Man,” “The Cinema of the Future,” and “CinéAnthropology,” in this volume. See Stoller 1992 for a development of this metaphor along the lines of both the African oral tradition and the institution of the griot. Fieschi 1979; DeBouzek 1989; Stoller 1992. Also see “Ciné-Anthropology,” in this volume. See also Diawara 1992, 93–103, on Rouch’s role in the Mozambique project.

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