sábado, 11 de diciembre de 2010
Screening Room: Jean Rouch (1980)
Runtime: 78 Min.
IMDb Link: http://www.der.org/films/screening-room-jean-rouch.html
Director: Robert Gardner
Description: Jean Rouch appeared on Screening Room in July 1980 and screened Les Maitres Fous as well as several film excerpts including Rhythm of Work and Death of a Priest. Over a period of five decades Jean Rouch made many films about the Songhay and Dogon of West Africa. He also made, with Edgar Morin, the classic documentary, Chronicle of a Summer about the lives of Parisians. Rouch Frequently traveled with his films, showing and talking about them to a wide audience.
Regarded as one of the fathers of "Direct Cinema" and considered one of the most influential documentary makers of the twentieth century, his films are very difficult to find, particularly in North America. Since his tragic death in Africa in 2004, DER has honored his work with a Tribute Site and is in the process of acquiring films by Rouch in addition to the three, Les Maitres Fous, Jaguar and The Lion Hunters which we already distribute as well as four films about Rouch: Jean Rouch and His Camera in the Heart of Africa, Rouch's Gang, Conversations With Jean Rouch, and this DVD from Screening Room. -der.org
About the Screening Room series:
In the early 1970s a group of idealistic artists, lawyers, doctors and teachers saw an opportunity to change commercial television in Boston and the surrounding area. It would require years of litigation up to and including the Supreme Court, but the case was won and the Channel 5 license was given to WCVB-TV. Screening Room was one of several programs offered in an effort to provide alternative television viewing. The idea behind Screening Room was to give independent filmmakers an opportunity to discuss their work and show it to a large urban audience. Nearly 100 ninety-minute programs were produced and aired between 1973 and 1980.
Screening Room was developed and hosted by filmmaker Robert Gardner, who at the time, was Director of Harvard's Visual Arts Center and Chairman of its Visual and Environmental Studies Department. His own films include Dead Birds (1964), and Forest of Bliss (1986).
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