New York Times - 02/22/2013
"[A] pioneering work of the documentary movement that came to be known as cinéma vérité..."
A.V. Club - 03/13/2013
"[A] disarming portrait of Paris at a particular moment in time, but also a self-interrogating exploration of the documentary form itself..." -- Grade: B+
Originally CHRONIQUE D'UN ETE, this black & white, 16-millimeter film is an exercise in cinema verite, conceived by an anthropologist/moviemaker (Jean Rouch) and a sociologist/movie critic (Edgar Morin). The all-amateur cast includes a black university student, a factory worker and a young holocaust survivor. Each is interviewed on a variety of current-events topics, and each is permitted to ramble on until the camera runs out of film. As a coda, the interviewees are seen talking among themselves, asking each other if they had been "acting" while on camera.