Jean Rouch

“WE WANTED TO MAKE A FlLM of love, but in the end it came out somewhat impersonal,” sighs Edgar Morin at the end of Chronique d'un été (Chronicle of a summer, 1961), the sociologist's collaboration with filmmaker and anthropologist Jean Rouch. Beginning with the question “Are you happy?,” the film documents a group of Morin's friends in Paris, following them to dinner parties, at work, and on dates and getting them to reveal their innermost thoughts. A sociological exercise, an experimental film, a passionate inquiry into the meaning of Parisian life ca. 1960, Chronique d'un été, like most of Rouch's works, defies simple categorization.

Trained as a civil engineer in Paris in the late '30s, Rouch was a regular at the then newly founded Cinémathèque Française, housed in the Musée de I'Homme, where he began studying anthropology with Marcel Griaule during the war. Employed by the French

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