By Jean Rouch
Essentially the most influential figures in documentary and ethnographic filmmaking, Jean Rouch has made a couple of hundred motion pictures 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, non secular ritual, and track. He pioneered a variety of movie recommendations and applied sciences, and within the strategy encouraged generations of filmmakers, from New Wave administrators, who emulated his cinema verite type, to today’s documentarians. Cine-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 profession. Editor Steven Feld opens with a concise assessment of Rouch’s occupation, highlighting the subjects stumbled on all through his paintings. within the 4 essays that stick to, Rouch discusses the ethnographic movie as a style, the heritage 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 matters. Cine-Ethnography additionally includes an annotated transcript of Chronicle of a Summer–one of Rouch’s most vital works–along with statement via the filmmakers, and concludes with an entire, annotated filmography and a bibliography. the main thorough source on Rouch on hand in any language, Cine-Ethnography makes transparent this extraordinary and nonetheless very important filmmaker’s significant position within the background of documentary cinema.
Read Online or Download Ciné-Ethnography PDF
Best film books
From Almanac of Fall (1984) to The Turin Horse (2011), popular Hungarian filmmaker Béla Tarr has the cave in of the communist promise. The “time after” isn't the uniform and morose time of these who now not think in whatever. it's the time after we are much less drawn to histories and their successes or disasters than we're within the smooth textile of time from which they're carved.
This large, admiring biography refutes the concept that Marlene Dietrich's femme fatale photo used to be fully the discovery of director Josef von Sternberg. Bach, a movie manufacturer and writer of ultimate lower, who studied with von Sternberg, portrays the latter as a megalomaniac whose amorous frustrations with the celebrity he had created drove him to keep up that she used to be a puppet who danced to his strings.
Creative, highbrow, and significantly avant-garde, the French movie has, might be greater than the other nationwide cinema, been perennially on the centre of overseas filmmaking. With its lively company and wide-ranging movie tradition, France has additionally been domestic traditionally to a few of the main influential filmmakers and activities – and, certainly, the first actual movie was once screened in Paris in 1895.
Or a lot of his theater contemporaries, Lee J. Cobb (1911–1976) was once the best actor of his iteration. In Hollywood he grew to become the definitive embodiment of gangsters, psychiatrists, and roaring lunatics. From 1939 until eventually his dying, Cobb contributed riveting performances to a few movies, together with Boomerang, at the Waterfront, The Brothers Karamazov, 12 offended males, and The Exorcist.
- The Brothers Grim: The Films of Ethan and Joel Coen
- George Cukor: A Double Life
- Banned Films (Censorship Around The World)
- The Book of Westerns
- How Star Wars Conquered the Universe: The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise (Revised and Expanded Edition)
Extra resources for Ciné-Ethnography
Making films then meant crews of ten technicians, tons of camera and sound equipment, and responsibility for thousands of dollars. So it was obviously simpler to bring man to the studio and place him in front of the camera than to take the camera out to man. Johnny Weissmuller, the most famous king of the jungle, never left the sacred Hollywood forest; it was the African beasts and feathered Tubis that were brought onto the camera set. THE CAMERA AND MAN 33 You had to be crazy, as some ethnographers apparently were, to take such forbidden tools to the field.
8. For details see Dieterlen 1971; Stoller 1992, 174–91; also see “The Mad Fox and the Pale Master” and the Dogon section of “CinéAnthropology,” in this volume. 9. For a detailed discussion, see “On the Vicissitudes of the Self,” in this volume. Stoller (1992, 161–73) reviews Tourou et Bitti and the phenomenology of Songhay rituals. 10. See Rouch 1972 for the full text of the film and a gallery of photographs, commentaries, and interviews. Also see “CinéAnthropology,” in this volume. 11. See especially Eaton 1979; also, for example, Dumont 1978; Heider 1976, 1983; MacDougall 1975, 1976, 1978, 1998; Ruby 1980, 1982; Barnouw 1983, 253–62; Yakir 1978.
On the other hand, we should be aided by music that really supports an action, be it ritual, everyday, work rhythm, or dance. And although it is beyond the scope of this paper, I must mention the importance that sync filming will have in the field of ethnomusicology. Sound editing (background, speech, music) is undoubtedly as complex as picture editing. I believe that we still have enormous progress to make here in order to rid ourselves of prejudices we’ve come to via radio, prejudices that have led us to treat sound with more respect than image.