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Title Eight films by Jean Rouch [videorecording].

Publication Info. [Brooklyn, N.Y.] : Icarus Films Home Video, [2017]


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Description 4 videodiscs (574 min.) : sound, color and black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (24 unnumbered pages : illustrations ; 19 cm)
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System Details DVD, all regions; Dolby Digital 2.0.
Language In French and English with English subtitles.
Note Title from container.
Audience MPAA rating: Not rated.
Summary "Jean Rouch was an inspiration for the French New Wave, and a revolutionary force in ethnography and the study of Africa. Beginning in 1955 with his most controversial film The Mad Masters, through 1969's darkly comic Little by Little, these films represent the most sustained flourishing of Rouch's practice of "shared anthropology," a process of collaboration with his subjects. Included in this box set are eight newly restored films on four discs, a 24-page booklet with two essays about Rouch and his methodology, and a new documentary about Rouch, his films, and his influence on African cinema, Jean Rouch, "the Adventurous filmmaker"--Icarus Films website
Mammy water: A portrait of a fishing village, Shama, Ghana, on the Gulf of Guinea, as filmed in 1953 and 1954. The success of the fishermen is governed by water spirits ("Mammy water") which are honored with ceremonies and offerings to the sea.
The mad masters: Filmed in Accra, Ghana, in 1954, the film depicts the annual ceremony of the Hauku cult, a social and religious movement which was widespread in French colonial Africa from the 1920s to the 1950s. Participants in the ceremony mimic the elaborate military ceremonies of their colonial occupiers, but in more of a trance than true recreation.
Moi, un noir: One of Rouch's ethnofictions, the film is set in Treichville, an inner suburb of Abidjan, where young, unskilled men gather in search of work. In an opening sequence narrated by Rouch himself, he talks about the flood of unemployed youth as one of the sicknesses of the new African towns. He explains that he spent six months following a group of young immigrant men from Niger, 2,000 km away from their home, making this film in collaboration with them: I proposed that we make a film together. They would play their own role with no restrictions on what they wanted to do or say. Narrated largely by one young man nicknamed Edward G. Robinson (played by Oumarou Ganda) as he watches the edited footage, the film expresses his constant "sadness" as he searches vainly for a decent job, a decent lifestyle and a woman he can love.
The human pyramid: Filmed in 1958 and 1959 with a mixed group of final year students in a lycée in Abidjan (the capital of the Ivory Coast), this loosely improvised narrative on the subject of race relations is framed by Rouch's voice on the soundtrack justifying the film because of the real friendships formed among the participants, both black and white, and the fact that for them racism no longer made any sense.
The lion hunters: Shot over a period of seven years (1958-1965), the film is a documentation of lion hunting, using bows and arrows, among the Fula and Songhay people of Niger, and the social structure that underlies it.
Jaguar: One of Jean Rouch's classic ethnofictions, the film follows three young Songhay men from Niger-- Lam Ibrahim, Illo Goudel'ize, and the legendary performer Damouré Zika-- on a journey to the Gold Coast (modern day Ghana). Drawing from his own fieldwork on intra-African migration, the results of which he published in the 1956 book Migrations au Ghana, Rouch collaborated with his three subjects on an improvisational narrative. The four filmed the trip in mid-1950s, and reunited a few years later to record the sound, the participants remembering dialogue and making up commentary. The result is a playful film that finds three African men performing an ethnography of their own culture.
Little by little: A classic ethnofiction by Jean Rouch. An innovative semi-improvised feature film about young men from Niger exploring life in Paris and learning to appreciate traditional values back home. Like Jaguar, and starring the three main actors from that film, this film is an exercise in what Rouch called ethno-fiction, an idiosyncratic blend of fiction and observational documentary.
The punishment: Out of school for the day on suspension, an eighteen-year-old Parisian women roams Paris.
Jean Rouch, the adventurous filmmaker: a portrait of the motion picture director Jean Rouch.
Contents Disc 1. Mammy water / Ministère de la culture, Les archives du film du Centre national de la cinématographie présentent ; Pierre Braunberger présente ; un film de Jean Rouch ; Films de la Pléiade (1956, 19 min.) -- Les maîtres fous = The mad masters / Pierre Braunberger présente une production des Films de la Pleïade ; un film de Jean Rouch (1956, 29 min.) -- Moi, un noir / Pierre Braunberger présente ; un film de Jean Rouch ; production, Films de la Pléiade (1959, 74 min.) -- Disc 2. La pyramide humaine = The human pyramid / Pierre Braunberger présente ; un film de Jean Rouch (1961, 93 min.) -- La chasse au lion l'arc = The lion hunters / Pierre Braunberger présente ; un film de Jean Rouch ; avec la collaboration de Damouré Zika, Ibrahima Dia, Tallou Mouzourane ; une réalisation des Films de la Pléiade (1967, 81 min.) -- Disc 3. Jaguar / Films de la Pléiade, Paris ; Pierre Braunberger présente ; un film de Jean Rouch (1967, 93 min.) -- Petit à petit = Little by little / Pierre Braunberger présente ; un film de Jean Rouch ; production, Films de la Pléiade (1971, 96 min.) -- Disc 4. La punition, ou, Les mauvaises recontres = The punishment / Pierre Braunberger présente ; réalisation, Jean Rouch (1964, 64 min.) -- Jean Rouch, cinéaste aventuriet = Jean Rouch, the adventurous filmmaker / Arte France, Roches Noires Productions ; un film écrit par Laurent, Pellé, Laurent Védrine ; réalisé par Laurent Védrine (2017, 55 min.).
Note "Digitized and restored in 2K with the support of the Centre National du Cinéma"--Back cover of container.
"Deluxe 4-disc set; HD digital restorations; booklet with essays by Paul Stoller and Eric Kohn"--Back cover of container
"An Icarus Films Release"--Back cover of container
Cast Moi, un noir: Oumarou Ganda, Petit Touré, Alassane Maïga, Amadou Demba, Seydou Guéde, Karidyo Daoudou, Mademoiselle Gambi.
Performer La chasse au lion l'arc: Damouré Zika, Ibrahima Dia, Tallou Mouzourane, Tahirou Koro, Wangari Moussa, Issiaka Moussa, Yeya Koro, Bellebia, Hamadou, Ousseini Dembo, Sidiki Koro, Ali.
Jaguar: Damouré Zika, Lam Ibrahima Dia, Illo Gaoudel, Douma Besso, Adamou Koffo.
Petit à petit: Damouré Zika, Lam Ibrahima Dia, Illo Gaoudel, Safi Faye, Ariane Bruneton, Philippe Luzuy, Tallou Mouzourane, Moust[a]pha Alassane, Idrissa Maïga, Marie, Alabora Maïga, Zomo, Charles Chaboud.
Cast La punition: Nadine Landry, Jean Claude Darnal, Jean Marc.
Credits Editing, Philippe Luzuy (Mammy Water), Suzanne Baron (Les maîtres fous), Marie-Josèphe Yoyotte (Moi, un noir; La pyramide humaine), Josée Matarasso (La chasse au lion l'arc, Jaguar, Petit à petit), Dov Hoenig (La chasse au lion l'arc), Liliane Korb (Jaguar), Jean-Pierre Lacam (Jaguar), Dominique Villain (Petit à petit), Annie Tresgot (La punition) ; directors of photography, La pyramide humaine: Louis Miaille, Roger Morillière, Jean Rouch ; directors of photography, La punition: Michel Brault, Roger Morillère, Georges Dufaux.
Subject Rouch, Jean.
Shama (Ghana) -- Social life and customs.
Fishers -- Ghana -- Shama -- Social life and customs.
Cults -- Ghana -- Accra.
Spirit possession -- Ghana -- Accra.
Abidjan (Côte d'Ivoire) -- Social life and customs -- Drama.
Unemployed -- Côte d'Ivoire -- Abidjan -- Drama.
Racism -- Côte d'Ivoire -- Abidjan.
Students -- Côte d'Ivoire -- Abidjan -- Attitudes.
Lion hunting -- Niger.
Africa, West -- Social life and customs -- Drama.
Songhai (African people) -- Social life and customs -- Drama.
Nigerians -- France -- Paris -- Drama.
Young women -- France -- Paris -- Drama.
Motion picture producers and directors -- France -- Biography.
Ethnographic films -- Production and direction -- France -- History.
Genre/Form Short films.
Documentary films.
Added Author Rouch, Jean, film director.
Braunberger, Pierre, 1905-1990, film producer.
Ganda, Oumarou, 1935-1981, actor.
Zika, Damouré, actor.
Landry, Nadine, actor.
Stoller, Paul, writer of supplemental textual content.
Kohn, Eric, writer of supplemental textual content.
Films de la Pléiade (Firm), production company.
Icarus Films Home Video.
Added Title 8 films by Jean Rouch
Container of (work): Mammy water (Motion picture)
Container of (work): Mad masters (Motion picture)
Container of (work): Moi, un noir (Motion picture)
Container of (work): Human pyramid (Motion picture)
Container of (work): Lion hunters (Motion picture)
Container of (work): Jaguar (Motion picture)
Container of (work): Little by little (Motion picture)
Container of (work): Punishment (Motion picture)
Container of (work): Jean Rouch, the adventurous filmmaker (Motion picture)
Mammy water.
Mad masters.
Moi, un noir.
Human pyramid.
Lion hunters.
Little by little.
Jean Rouch, the adventurous filmmaker.
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