'La Pyramide Humaine' (1961) and 'Les Veuves de 15 Ans' (1966)
Saturday, February 23, 2013
7:30 pm - 9:30 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 Pyramide Humaine (The Human Pyramid)' (1961), directed by Jean Rouch: Observing racial segregation at the Lycée Français of Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Rouch worked with students there who willingly enacted a story about the arrival of a new white girl, and her effect on the interactions of black and white students. Fomenting a dramatic situation instead of repeating one, Rouch extended the experiments he had undertaken in Chronique d’un Été, including having on-camera student participants view rushes of the film midway through the story.
Preceded by: 'Les Veuves de 15 Ans (The 15-Year-Old Widows)' (1966): Two young women deal with the existential strain of a vacuous existence among their peers in a well-to-do Parisian set. Always one to experiment, Rouch switched the actresses’ roles before production began. The film features a rare cameo appearance by director Maurice Pialat.