Travels in the Congo

Voyage au Congo

A love partner of the writer André Gide, as well as his travel companion in their journey to the French colonies of Central Africa, Marc Allégret decided to film their 10-month wandering in the exotic continent, though stripping away the element of adventure. Contrary to the newly established type of documentaries, such as Nanook of the North, that made use of suspense to permeate the action with epic qualities, Allégret, despite having no prior training in cinema, proved to be a pioneer by creating a strictly ethnographically-driven type of documentary. His camera’s approach is tactful as he captures the glance of a privileged white man in a world of natural and spiritual purity, paving the way to a new cinema genre.
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Direction: Marc Allégret
Script: André Gide, Marc Allégret
Music: Mauro Coceano (?)
Producer/Producers: André Gide
Format: Digital File
Color: B&W
Production Country: France
Production Year: 1927
Duration: 117'
Contact: Les Films du Jeudi

Marc Allégret

Filmography

1927 Travels in the Congo (fiction)
1931 Black and White (fiction)
1936 Under Western Eyes (fiction)
1942 The Beautiful Adventure (fiction)
1950 Blackmailed (fiction)
1955 Lady Chatterley's Lover (fiction)
1958 Sunday Encounter (fiction)