What Got This Director Here?: Three of his works specifically.
My Favorite Past Experience Was…: Les Maitres Fous.
What Did I Watch: Chronicle of a Summer.
Where Does He Fit: Chronicle of a Summer begins with some namedropping of famous movies from the time, before immediately lying and declaring itself as the truth, made without actors, then interrogating a woman as to whether she is going to feel nervous on camera. Two minutes in and the entire premise of a documentary is already broken, complete with Rouch and his co-director on screen doing it for us in very explicit terms. We still need to know if the general public is happy, though, so we go around asking about it. Existentialism reigns everywhere, as it turns out, but you can never really know what happiness is.
Most Valuable Asset: Truth, lies, and location all interact in exciting ways.
Most Excited For: Moi Un Noir.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Yes.
Coming Up Next: The original trickster, Georges Melies.