'La Chasse au Lion a l'arc' (1965), preceded by 'Bataille Sur le Grand Fleuve'
Sunday, February 3, 2013
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, UCLA Hammer Museum - Billy Wilder Theater
Farther Than Far: The Cinema of Jean Rouch
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General: $9.00; Non-UCLA students, seniors, UCLA Alumni Association members (ID required): $8.00; UCLA students (current ID required): free.
'La Chasse au Lion a l'arc (The Lion Hunters)' (1965): Seven years in the making, this documentary details the highly technical and mystical process of planning and executing a lion hunt, including the preparation of special poisons, testing these on other animals, and tracking and killing the lions with special prayers offered as part of the process. More than in most of his other fieldwork, Rouch implicated himself in the unfolding of this story, noting those moments that he and his camera informed the proceedings themselves.
Preceded by 'Bataille Sur le Grand Fleuve (Battle on the Great River)' (1951): An account of hippopotamus hunting in the Niger river, this stirring film, with great attention to process and outstanding cinematography, was also the first project which Rouch screened for the subjects of the story, inviting their input (a practice he would continue henceforth).