Jean Rouch

Film director

1917 – 2004

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Who was Jean Rouch?

Jean Rouch was a French filmmaker and anthropologist.

He is considered to be one of the founders of cinéma-vérité in France, which shared the aesthetics of the direct cinema spearheaded by Richard Leacock, D.A. Pennebaker and Albert and David Maysles. Rouch's practice as a filmmaker for over sixty years in Africa, was characterized by the idea of shared anthropology. Influenced by his discovery of surrealism in his early twenties, many of his films blur the line between fiction and documentary, creating a new style of ethnofiction. He was also hailed by the French New Wave as one of theirs. His seminal film Me a Black pioneered the technique of jump cut popularized by Jean-Luc Godard. Godard said of Rouch in the Cahiers du Cinéma n°94 April 1959, "In charge of research for the Musée de l'Homme Is there a better definition for a filmmaker?" Along his career, Rouch was no stranger to controversy. He would often repeat, "Glory to he who brings dispute."

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Born
May 31, 1917
Paris
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  • France
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  • École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées
Died
Feb 18, 2004
Birni-N'Konni

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on July 23, 2013

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