Jean Rouch et Damouré Zika sur le tournage de Jaguar, Gold Coast (Ghana), 1954.  BnF, département des Manuscrits © Fondation Jean-Rouch
Jean Rouch et Damouré Zika sur le tournage de Jaguar, Gold Coast (Ghana), 1954. BnF, département des Manuscrits © Fondation Jean-Rouch 

Jean Rouch - L'Homme cinéma

26/09/2017 - 26/11/2017

Bibliothèque nationale de France 
Quai François Mauriac 
 
75013 Paris 


 
A remarkable figure on France's post-war intellectual landscape, Jean Rouch would have reached the age of 100 in 2017. The exhibition retraces his life and explores his complete cinematographic and ethnographic works. With 120 films to his name, Jean Rouch remains a gold standard for documentary-makers and researchers today. From his legendary descent of the Niger by pirogue (1946-1947), he brought a crucial anthropological angle to cinema: how could the Other, the non-European, teach us something about ourselves? He used cinema as an investigative tool, a new medium at the service of research, the finest example of which is still Chronique d'un été (Chronicle of a summer) made in 1960 with Edgar Morin. He was one of the first to highlight the confluence of traditional cultures and Western influences.