Chronicle Of A Summer: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1961) / Region 1
Chronicle Of A Summer: The Criterion Collection

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Chronicle Of A Summer: The Criterion Collection

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 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.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Nov 16 2012
  • Production Year 1961
  • Empire SKU 1633825
  • UPC Code 715515103015
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


Un Ete + 50 A Seventy Five Minute Documentary Featuring Outtakes From The Film, Along With New Interviews With Co-Director Edgar Morin And Some Of The Film's Participants
Archival Interviews With Co-Director Jean Rouch and Marceline Loridan, One Of The Film's Participant
New Interview With Anthropology Professor Fay Ginsburg, The Organizer Of Several Rouch Retrospectives
Booklet Featuring An Essay By Scholar Sam Di Iorio


  • Audio
    French Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.37:1 B&W

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