Ciné-Ethnography: Jean Rouch Edited and translated by Steven Feld. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, $ cloth; $ paper. Jean Rouch was a French filmmaker and anthropologist. He is considered to be one of the Godard said of Rouch in the Cahiers du Cinéma (Notebooks on Cinema) n°94 . Portis, Irene – Jean Rouch: The Semiotics of Ethnographic Film Irene Portis – Winner Cambridge, MA August 7, ; Rothman, William (editor). Cine-Ethnography has 19 ratings and 0 reviews. One of the most influential figures in documentary and ethnographic filmmaking, Jean Rouch.

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Cine-Ethnography by Jean Rouch

Renne Sairanen rated it it was amazing Mar 09, Harvard University Press, And after many viewings, I at last know why Morin has a strange grin on his face that seems out of place in one segment of this scene — he was drunk, he tells us, half-way through the meal And in four interviews, Rouch thoughtfully reflects on each of his films, as well cune his artistic, intellectual, jdan political concerns.

The director made great films, his comedies were much loved back in Africa.

Karla Noriega marked it as to-read Sep 16, University of Minnesota Press. Without cookies your experience may etjnography be seamless. Over the course of five decades, he made almost films.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Yet their influence has been disproportionate to their availability. As Rouch says to him: Arlettev added it Jul 27, By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. A true African cinema must be made by Africans themselves. Rouch notes that with everyone deeply affected by what happened, the cameraman was so disturbed that the end of the sequence was out of focus. Yasmin Shehab marked it as to-read Sep 22, French Colonial Documentary Mythologies of Humanitarianism Examines cinematic colonial stereotyping as the basis for humanitarian action. Sympathetic to the depictions of others in the film, with regard to himself, he says:.

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Jean Rouch began his long association with African subjects inwhen he arrived in Niamey as a French colonial hydrology engineer to supervise a construction project in Niger.

Jean Rouch’s Ciné-Ethnography: at the conjunction of research, poetry and politics

The people performing the ceremony are different from us — yet like us. Return to Book Page. The latter could not say, as the workers had nothing to do with Islam. Social and cultural anthropology. It is then that we can feel for a moment that truth is that which is hidden in us, beneath our petrified relationships. InRouch started to use Zika as the central character of his films, registering the traditions, culture, and ecology of the people of the Niger River valley.

Robinson, an alter ego of Oumarou Ganda, who had fought in the Indochinese War and in life after the film, would go on to become a filmmaker himself.

One showing, I remember the unexpected happened after class. Joking, including about the bleakest of conditions, is inbuilt. In the four essays that follow, Rouch discusses the ethnographic film as a genre, the history of African cinema, his experiences of filmmaking among the Songhay, and the intertwined histories of French colonialism, anthropology, and cinema.

Fa2 added it May 23, These people were slum dwellers — how could one joke about their conditions? This is the sort of criticism that may be levelled against Rouch, but no other.

He would often repeat, “Glory to he who brings dispute. He was hailed by the French New Wave as one of theirs. Emilie Debrigard rated it it was amazing Jul 23, Rouch’s practice as a filmmaker, for over sixty years in Africa, was characterized by the idea of shared anthropology. Heather marked it as to-read May 12, As the film is described in his catalogue: A student, Michael Filipidis, had never thought, he said, he would find William Blake performed in film: The camera would have had to tune in to capture the after effects of the ordeal of deportation with the subsequent decline, and not the militant who never existed, and finally to throw a violent light on what had inevitably remained in the shadow, understanding that the camera will more quickly uncover a wound than evoke the humiliation or simple paltriness of daily life.


The narration was put together in two days, recorded at the radio station in Abidjan. Paperbackpages.

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Jean Rouch

Ethnovraphy of the most influential figures in documentary and ethnographic filmmaking, Jean Rouch has made more than one hundred films in West Africa and France. A student, Michael Filipidis, had never thought, he said, he would find William Blake performed in film:.

Still, many of the ethnographic films produced in the colonial era by Jean Rouch and others were rejected by African filmmakers because in their view they distorted African realities. He studied civil engineering before turning to film and anthropology ethnogeaphy response to his experiences in West Africa during World War II.

Among them was Chateau-Thierry, so well known to us in the fables of Jean de la Fontaine, and the bridge of the Briare Canal, a stream of steel and water running above the Loire, frozen and still and out of this world like a Magritte etnography. Fedelle marked it as to-read May 28, Too dangerous, perhaps too fantastic. Steven Feld is professor of music and anthropology at Columbia University. What do Landry and Raymond think it is?

Rouch says they insist that they are not engaged in mockery or revenge, and he believes this to be true — at last at a conscious level.