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- DescriptionThough relatively unsung in the English-speaking world, Jean Rouch (1917-2004) was a towering figure of ethgraphic cinema. Over the course of a fifty-year career, he completed over one hundred films, both documentary and fictional, and exerted an influence far beyond academia. Exhaustively researched yet elegantly written, The Adventure of the Real is the first comprehensive analysis of his practical filmmaking methods. Rouch developed these methods while conducting anthropological research in West Africa in the 1940s and '50s. His invative use of unscripted improvisation by his subjects had a profound impact on the French New Wave, Paul Henley reveals, while his documentary work launched the genre of cinema verite. In addition to tracking Rouch's pioneering career, Henley examines the technical strategies, aesthetic considerations, and ethical positions that contribute to Rouch's cinematographic legacy. Featuring over 150 images, The Adventure of the Real is an essential introduction to Rouch's work.
- Author BiographyPaul Henley is director of the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology, professor of visual anthropology at the University of Manchester, and a documentary filmmaker.
- Author(s)Paul Henley
- PublisherThe University of Chicago Press
- Date of Publication12/02/2010
- SubjectFilm, TV & Radio
- Place of PublicationChicago, IL
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Chicago Press
- Content Note161 halftones, 3 maps, 2 tables
- Weight703 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine28 mm
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