L.A. Filmforum presents Jean Rouch: Breaking the Ice

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Jean Rouch
L.A. Filmforum presents Jean Rouch: Breaking the Ice

6712 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028
February 17th, 2013 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

$10 general, $6 students/seniors; free for Filmforum members


Jean Rouch is simply one of the most significant filmmakers of the 20th century, his approaches influencing innumerable films after him. Filmforum joins with the UCLA Film & Television Archive, REDCAT, and French Film & TV Office–Consulate General of France in Los Angeles to present this major retrospective of his work, the first in Los Angeles in many years, if ever.  But even this ten-evening series leaves out many of the over 100 films he made.  Many of the films have been brought from France for the series.  Tonight we not only feature on of his late shorts, but we also finally get to hear from Rouch himself, via an hour-long show he did with Robert Gardner in Boston in the 1970s, which includes excerpts from other films.

Tickets: $10 general, $6 students/seniors; free for Filmforum members.  Available by credit card in advance from Brown Paper Tickets at or by cash or check at the door.

 (Ice Ship) (1987, 35 min, 35mm-to-video)
Far removed from his habitual landscapes, Bateau-Givre was Rouch’s section of a collaborative work (other contributors included Luc Ferrari and Raoul Ruiz) that explored the Swedish icebreaker Frej. The resulting short is one of his most beautiful and contemplative films.

Screening Room with Robert Gardner: Jean Rouch (1980, video, 64 minutes)
Jean Rouch appeared on Screening Room in July, 1980, and screened Les Maîtres Fous as well as several film excerpts including Rhythm of Work and Death of a Priest.


This program is supported by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; the Department of Cultural Affairs, City of Los Angeles; the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; and the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts. Additional support generously provided by American Cinematheque. We also depend on our members, ticket buyers, and individual donors.

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