Jean Rouch

1917 - 2004

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Jean Rouch (French: [ʁuʃ]; 31 May 1917 – 18 February 2004) was a French filmmaker and anthropologist. He is considered one of the founders of cinéma vérité in France. Rouch's practice as a filmmaker, for over 60 years in Africa, was characterized by the idea of shared anthropology. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jean Rouch has received more than 208,862 page views. His biography is available in 24 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 22 in 2019). Jean Rouch is the 295th most popular film director (down from 289th in 2019), the 1,766th most popular biography from France (down from 1,724th in 2019) and the 37th most popular French Film Director.

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Among film directors, Jean Rouch ranks 295 out of 1,580Before him are Elem Klimov, Ruggero Deodato, Tsui Hark, Ousmane Sembène, Ken Russell, and Barbet Schroeder. After him are Jiří Trnka, Oskar Fischinger, Béla Tarr, King Vidor, Richard Brooks, and Ishirō Honda.

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Among people born in 1917, Jean Rouch ranks 95Before him are Otto Kittel, Pál Maléter, Asmahan, Andrew Wyeth, Maurice Trintignant, and Augusto Roa Bastos. After him are Alparslan Türkeş, Suzy Delair, Zhang Chunqiao, Giuseppe De Santis, Vasily Petrov, and Luis Carniglia. Among people deceased in 2004, Jean Rouch ranks 64Before him are Johnny Ramone, Marika Rökk, Edward B. Lewis, Charles Sweeney, Nino Manfredi, and Jerry Orbach. After him are Takeshi Kamo, Lennart Bernadotte, Marco Pantani, Serge Reggiani, John Charles, and Philippe de Broca.

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Among people born in France, Jean Rouch ranks 1,766 out of 5,234Before him are François-Henri de Montmorency, duc de Luxembourg (1628), Charles Koechlin (1867), William V, Duke of Aquitaine (969), Jean-Marie Villot (1905), Jules Dupré (1811), and Adhemar of Le Puy (1055). After him are James Louis Sobieski (1667), Guillaume-Chrétien de Lamoignon de Malesherbes (1721), Louis-Nicolas Clérambault (1676), Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre (1665), Mahaut, Countess of Artois (1269), and Princess Louise of Orléans (1882).


Among film directors born in France, Jean Rouch ranks 37Before him are Jacques Becker (1906), Bertrand Tavernier (1941), Patrice Chéreau (1944), William Kennedy Dickson (1860), Guy Hamilton (1922), and Germaine Dulac (1882). After him are Jacques Copeau (1879), Philippe de Broca (1933), Yann Arthus-Bertrand (1946), Claude Sautet (1924), Francis Veber (1937), and Marcel Camus (1912).