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Chronique d'un été/Chronicle of a Summer
Thu, May 25, 2017, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM CDT
Chronique d'un été / Chronicle of a Summer" (1961, 91 min) by Jean Rouch
Forget about trashy reality TV and watch the birth of cinéma vérité in one of the most significant documentaries ever made. Simply by interviewing a group of Paris residents in the summer of 1960—beginning with the provocative and eternal question “Are you happy?” — sociologist Edgar Morin and anthropologist and filmmaker Jean Rouch, with the technical and aesthetic collaboration of Québécois director-cameraman Michel Brault, reveal the hopes and dreams of a wide array of people, from artists to factory workers, from an Italian émigré to an African student.
A document of a time and place with extraordinary emotional depth. —Criterion
Short film: Manbird (2010, 10 min) By Miguel Silveira
Manbird is a poetic ode to the folkloric “pigeon man” of Chicago’s Lincoln Square.
Judy Hoffman has worked in film and video for over 35 years. During the 1973 International Visual Anthropology Conference, she assisted French ethnographer and filmmaker Jean Rouch, and became deeply influenced by cinéma vérité and the idea of shared anthropology. Hoffman played a major role in the formation of Kartemquin Films, was a collective member and camera assistant on their early films.
Gordon Quinn is the artistic director and founding member of Kartemquin Films, he has been making documentaries for over 50 years. Roger Ebert, of the Chicago Sun Times, called his first film Home for Life (1966) "an extraordinarily moving documentary."
Jean Rouch was a universally-acclaimed filmmaker, anthropologist, civil engineer, explorer, and storyteller. His sudden death in February 2004 has brought an outpouring of gratitude and memories from friends, colleagues, students and audiences around the world.
Paris/Chicago - Film retrospective 2016-2017
The City of Lights and the Windy City come together at the Alliance for our Film Retrospective 2016-17 as we highlight the 20th anniversary of sister cities Chicago and Paris.
Join our guest speakers from both sides of the ocean as they show us the Paris they love. Discover Chicago filmmakers with a selection of short films curated by the Chicago International Film Festival before each feature presentation. Enjoy a cinematic journey from the Pont Neuf to the LaSalle Street bridge with us!
Parking: 12 hours for $8 at two locations close to the Alliance. More information here.