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France, 1963

Production : ORTF

Programmed by Daniel Deshays





The French broadcasting service RFT gets up to date in direct cinema techniques with the director Mario Ruspoli, who, in 1962, brings along a group of technicians (the future great camera operators and sound engineers). With humour, the film shows what direct cinema can and should be: filmmaking that can capture with empathy and precision the movements, bodies and words of those filmed.

Tënk's opinion

At the time, documentary-making was learning to work as a couple. The equipment – cameras and tape recorders – became lighter and quieter. This film reminds us that having to synchronise sound and image means it’s necessary to develop mutual movements and considerations. These new princes of the direct with their cobbled-together equipment (booms and lens filters) simply invented the processes crucial for the arrival of direct cinema. It’s great to see cinematographer and sound engineer “Bonbon” (Antoine Bonfanti) in 1963. He’d just finished "Le Joli Mai" with director of photography Pierre Lhomme, who we find here alongside him; their joint adventure would later continue with the Groupe Medvedkine, but sadly, there was never a Méthode 2 or 3…


Daniel Deshays
Sound Engineer




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