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Portrait de Raymond Depardon (1983)

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Credited cast:
Philippe Costantini Philippe Costantini ... Himself
Raymond Depardon ... Himself
Jean Rouch ... Himself


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Portrait De Raymond Depardon:An informative documentary film which would appeal to those who like cinema.
6 September 2013 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

Portrait De Raymond Depardon (Raymond Depardon's portrait) is directed by Jean Rouch who has carved out a niche for himself due to the popularity for his ethnographic films.This film sees him at the top of his cinematographic prowess as he weaves a personal yet intimate portrait of famous French director/photographer Raymond Depardon. The film has been shot in a very informal manner in the lawns of "Jardin De Tuileries" near Louvre museum in the French capital Paris. It was exactly the same location where Depardon had shot a documentary film about former French president Valéry Giscard d'Estaing. Watching this film, one gets the impression that both Depardon and Rouch make good use of their respective cameras with the former using a reel camera and the latter making effective use of a movie camera. Jean Rouch's questions are candidly answered by Depardon.For a large part, this film discusses the documentary film made by Depardon which featured the police forces in Paris. Rouch shows the honesty and frankness with which Depardon replies to his questions. Depardon is at the very height of his modesty when he acknowledges that somebody else should talk about his films as it is very difficult for him to speak about them. Apart from discussing Depardon's films,Rouch also asks Depardon to share his ideas about shooting a sculpture. Both directors exchange ideas about how to shoot a film.It is with this important element that the film ends.This should not make anybody sad as Portrait De Raymond Depardon (Raymond Depardon's portrait) is just a small film of 10 minutes which can be watched at any time of the day.

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