La Pyramide Humaine (1960)

Genres - Comedy  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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Anthropologist Jean Rouch directed this experimental film with a technique of "acting out," like in a classroom. He went to the Ivory Coast in Africa and visited a school that has a mix of white French students and black Africans then explained to them what they would be acting out and allowed them to improvise. Once his various scenarios are completed, the "actors" discuss their characters. Based on the knowledge they gain in performing the suggested pieces and in their analyses, the actor-students then are assigned a final sketch to improvise. Obviously this type of film is more for educational venues than theatrical showings.

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improvisation, race-relations, school