In French with English subtitles.
Few films can claim to be as influential to the course of cinema history as Chronicle of a Summer. The fascinating result of a collaboration between filmmaker-anthropologist Jean Rouch (~Moi, un noir) and sociologist Edgar Morin, this vanguard work of what Morin would term cinéma verité is a brilliantly conceived and realized sociopolitical diagnosis of the early sixties in France. By simply interviewing a group of Paris residents in the summer of 1960-beginning with the provocative and eternal question "Are you happy?" and expanding to political issues, including the ongoing Algerian War-Rouch and Morin reveal the hopes and dreams of a wide array of people, from artists to factory workers, from an Italian émigré to an African student. Chronicle of a Summer's penetrative approach gives us a document of a time and place with extraordinary emotional depth.
- Cast: Mary Lou Parolini, Marceline Loridan
- Format: Black & White, NTSC, Widescreen
- Language: English
- Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
- Number of Discs: 1
- Rating: Not Rated
- Label: The Criterion Collection
- Run Time: 91 minutes
- Catalogue #: 2232
- Archival interviews with codirector Jean Rouch and Marceline Loridan, one of the film’s subjects
- Un été + 50 (2011), a seventy-three-minute documentary featuring outtakes and new interviews with codirector Edgar Morin and some of the film’s subjects
- New interview with anthropology professor Faye Ginsburg, organizer of several Rouch retrospectives
- Booklet featuring an essay by scholar Sam Di Iorio