One of the first films to employ cinema verite techniques (on 16mm film stock), CHRONICLE OF A SUMMER (from 1961), stands the test of time as a bold, moving, and thought-provoking experiment.
In Paris, 1960, directors Jean Rouch, an anthropologist, and Edgar Morin, a sociologist, begin CHRONICLE OF A SUMMER discussing the concept of their experiment with one of their participants, a woman named Marceline. In order to capture Parisians in a truthful, natural way, they ask her to perform
candid interviews on the street, asking passersby about whether or not they are happy. Later, the directors follow Angelo, a Renault car factory worker, throughout his day; they r...