In 1960, sociologist Edgar Morin and anthropologist Jean Rouch undertook a new approach to documentary filmmaking. Now approaching its 60th anniversary, the ground-breaking Chronicle of a Summer (1961) revisits the summer of 1960, when the filmmakers asked their friends, students, and workers the question: “How do you deal with life?”, addressing the issues surrounding the nature of happiness and our relationship to the world. At the time, Roland Barthes claimed: “It’s the first film which makes me see others.” In 2010, Edgar Morin confessed that “in the end, the film’s achievement was that it revealed the difficulty we share in understanding one another.”
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Read a recent interview with Edgar Morin debating the human condition in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Film courtesy of Argos/Tamasa Films
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