Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Film deconstruction

On Monday we spent the morning watching the first twenty minutes of two films Chronique d'un été (Chronicle of a Summer, 1960) by Anthropologist Jean Rouch and Sociologist Edward Morin, followed by Critique de la separation (Critique of Separation, 1961) by Guy Debord. Both films were made in the same year and each deploy very differing techniques.
We discussed each film at length, then compared the two in relation to one another.

The text linked below suggests that the two films have to be watched together. Chronicle of the Summer places faith into the idea that cinema can be a tool for free communication and dialogue, whilst Debord in direct opposition produces a film which is less certain and more doubtful though the reading of a confusing essay he had written around separation. 

Click Here for the text. 

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