Dealing with World War II and colonialism had been difficult in France in the post-war years. A new welfare state was being built on a disconnected nation. On the other hand, developing technology was offering new possibilities to take cinema and its methods of expression to a new level. Until the 1960s, it was not possible to record sound in synchrony with picture outside of the studio. This is why documentaries had usually been accompanied by the voice of an omniscient narrator.
Chronicle of a Summer detaches itself from this externality. Its makers and characters debate fiercely. They interview each other and random passers-by on the street, asking, ”Are you happy?” People tell stories about their lives and comment on the ongoing war in Algeria and colonial violence in Congo.
Jean Rouch and Edgar Morin have a historically significant ability to deconstruct the barricade between the private and the public. It forebodes the May of 1968. Their way of using spoken language as a pivotal cinematic means made it possible to get rid of this barrier.
Marja Pallassalo (Translation: Marko Pyhähuhta)
- Name in Original Language: Chronique d'un été
- Director: Jean Rouch, Edgar Morin
- Country: France
- Year: 1961
- Length: 85 min
- Age limit: K16
- Format: 35 mm
- Cinematography: Roger Morillère, Raoul Coutard, Jean-Jacques Tarbès, Michel Brault
- Editing: Jean Ravel, Nena Baratier, François Colin
- Production: Anatole Dauman, Philippe Lifchitz
- Kino Regina: Wed 30.1. at 18.40