film&culture midterm 6

film&culture midterm 6 - Essay #6 Laizos on Jean Rouch:...

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Essay #6 Laizos on Jean Rouch : Rouch was a figure of very great importance in the late fifties and early sixties for several reasons: his dedication to the promotion of film as a medium for ethnology; his stylistic inventiveness; his radical view of documentary, and his personal politics. Four qualities are stressed in writing about Rouch’s films: documentation, but of a sophisticated and emphatic kind; collaboration with the subjects of his films (challenges notion of detached observer) ; interrogation, making things happen through filming; and the use of improvisation and fantasy as projective methods in the exploration of people’s lives. - Pioneer in using hand-held camera, ‘fluid’ motion to create illusion of ‘being there’. Also, filming conversations as they happened with lightweight synchronous sound allowed for people to be filmed in their ‘natural settings.’ - The camera is not confined to the role of a ‘passive recording instrument,’ but rather an active agent of investigation and the camera user can become an interrogator of the world. -
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