Jacqueline Veuve

Cinéaste et ethnologue (1930-2013)

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Selection of films (synoptical view of the films by subject) back    

History

C'était hier

2010. Digital Beta, colour, 90 min.

Lucens, in French-speaking Switzerland; summer of 1937. Spectators are lined up along the village streets waiting for the cyclists to pass through: the Tour de Suisse bicycle race.
Those who were children at the time recall the days, and as they tell their tales, their whole working class community comes back to my mind, for as a child I used to be a guest at the bourgeois house of my … [to the detail page]

Un petit coin de paradis...

2008. HDCam, 16:9, colour, 85 min.

This is the story of the life reborn of Ossona, a hamlet in Val d'Hérens in the Valais canton, which was abandoned in the sixties and has now become the pilot project for an agro-tourism site. From 2005 to 2008, we followed the restoration of this site listed as a sustainable development zone, and those involved in the project.
Some of them are aged between 14 and 16 years old and were born in … [to the detail page]

Diary from Rivesaltes 1941-1942

1997. S-16/35mm, Beta/VHS, colour, 77 min.

From August to October 1942, over 2250 Jews were deported from the internment camp of Rivesaltes to Auschwitz by way of Drancy. Among them were 110 children. Friedel Bohny-Reiter, a nurse with the Swiss Aid to Children, worked in this camp in the South of France. Like many others in the formerly unoccupied zone, it was run by the French. Once a military camp, it had been converted in 1941 into a … [to the detail page]

Death of the Grandfather or: the Sleep of the Just

1978. 16mm; Beta/VHS, colour, 87 min.

A tale, told by his five daughters, of the life and death of a man very representative of a Protestant Switzerland in the early 20th century where life was conditioned by the work ethic. He was first a farmer, then a factory worker, then the head of a small family affair where his daughters became his workers. The business grew into an large factory that would be eventually taken over by the only … [to the detail page]

Letters from Stalingrad

1972. 16mm, Beta, VHS, b/w, 30 min.

An illustration of letters written by German soldiers to their families from Stalingrad, on the eve of defeat. Censors at headquarters found them too pessimistic and they were never distributed. Some of them, found after the war, were published. Here, the images are taken from films from both German and Russian film archives as well as photos from Signal (the German propaganda magazine … [to the detail page]

A Walk around Fribourg

1997. Beta, VHS, colour, 50 min.

Carried along by his memories, a Swiss cowherd (played by Conrad Bapst) walks through the seven districts of the canton of Fribourg, tugged between past and present, between scenes of long ago and the scenes of today.

What my Street Tells Me (series of 26 short films)

1996. Beta SP, VHS, colour, 5 min.

Through these short episodes, Jacqueline Veuve tells the story of people who have given their names to a street somewhere in Suisse Romande. Among the film maker’s perfectly arbitrary choice, there is, for instance, an author, a pilot, the owner of a bistro, a woman musician, a ship captain, a queen , a painter, a feminist...They are described by specialists or amateurs, passionately interested … [to the detail page]

Swiss Emotions

1991. 35mm, b/w, 30 min.

This montage was spliced together from the archives of all the films made in Switzerland and is part of a series of twelve films about Swiss cinema done at the request of Freddy Buache, head of the Swiss Cinemathèque up to 1996. Eric de Kuyper and Jacqueline Veuve decided to particularly examine cinema of the years from 1930 to 1942.

The Way Over

1987. 16mm, Beta, VHS, colour, 37 min.

After German troops occupied the whole French territory in November 1942, refugee children were hunted down in the former “free” zone, among them those at the Chateau de Hille, under the protection of the Swiss Red Cross. When French police came to arrest and took away all of her protégés over the age of 15, the head of the little colony decided to save them. The determined woman managed to … [to the detail page]

The Crossing

1986. 16mm, colour, 34 min.

War, for many, may also be the complete disruption of all one had taken for granted (family, social, or professional situation ; even one’s nationality..) “After” will never be the same as “before”. This is what happened to the four women who tell their stories here. Four different destinies. That of the Polish aristocrat who now works as a night nurse in Swiss clinics. That of the young … [to the detail page]

Angèle Stalder or Life is a Gift

1978. 16mm, colour, 37 min.

The daily life of Angèle Stalder, a retired worker, handicapped. She worked for 17 years in a chocolate factory and 20 more in another factory making cardboard articles. Active all her life in Catholic unions, she always showed great courage and - because she was a woman - battled even harder to impose herself and make her voice heard. She continues to fight.
«I didn’t want to be a factory … [to the detail page]

Geneva, November 9 1932

1973. 16mm, b/w, 27 min.

Geneva, November 9 1932. A party of fascist tendency, the Union Nationale set up an assembly to “publicly accuse Messrs. Nicole and Dicker”, two Geneva socialist leaders. When the local Socialist party decided to oppose this provocation, the Geneva Government then had the meeting hall guarded by the police and a group of young draftees, brought along specially from Lausanne. After some incidents, … [to the detail page]

The General Strike of 1918

1972. 16mm, Beta, VHS, b/w, 33 min.

The film tells of a historical Swiss moment: the general strike of 1918 and its myths. The authors had access to numerous extracts of archives, collections or historical works published after the official archives were declassified in 1968.

Davel ou Les révoltés contre l'ordre établi

1971. Video, b/w, 25 min.

[Synopsis is actually available only in french]

Pour raconter cette histoire nous avons filmé Morrens, Lausanne, des gravures, des photos et des comédiens, dont Charles Apothéloz. Le film nous fait revivre les derniers instants de Davel enchaîné dans sa cellule, ses réflexions sous forme de monologue, le point de vue de deux vignerons dont l'un défend Davel, l'autre le condamne. Le film se termine sur … [to the detail page]

Le canadien tel qu'on le parle

1971. Video, b/w, 10 min.

[Synopsis is actually available only in french]

Bref historique expliquant pourquoi il y a aujourd'hui deux groupes linguistiques.
Le Traité de Paris, en 1763, céda le Canada à l'Angleterre. Les Anglo-Saxons reconnurent le français comme langue officielle et la minorité francophone continue d'employer les expressions du XVIIIe siècle. Ainsi leur langue se rapproche de celle de nos … [to the detail page]

Histoire du théâtre

1970. Video, b/w, 15 min.

[Synopsis is actually available only in french]

Pour cette histoire du théâtre de son début jusqu'à nos jours, nous avons eu recours à des gravures, des photos et des comédiens qui, en surimpression sur des scènes d'un théâtre antique, déclament des extraits des Troyennes d'Euripide, du Revenant de Plaute, de Roméo et Juliette de W. Shakespeare, etc.

The Fashion

1970. Video, b/w, 8 min.

[Synopsis is actually available only in french]

Petite fiction sur l'histoire des costumes, de la mode et à travers les âges et les pays, jouée par des élèves.

La publicité

1970. Video, b/w, 10 min.

[Synopsis is actually available only in french]

Petit film de fiction moitié chanté, moitié parlé, réalisé avec des élèves, qui met en évidence la différence entre la vie réelle et la vie telle qu'elle est montrée sur les affiches publicitaires. Il y a par exemple un groupe de quatre élèves pour la publicité, un groupe de quatre élèves contre, qui chantent soit les vertus soit les défauts de celle-ci.

Si tu veux savoir

1969. 16mm, b/w, 19 min.

[Synopsis is actually available only in french]

Le film commence par expliquer la différence entre les animaux et l'homme et continue avec des réflexions d'élèves sur la manière d'enseigner et d'apprendre. La somme des connaissances doublant tous les dix ans, on ne peut tout apprendre, il faut savoir choisir.
L'enfant harcelé par les médias, affiches publicitaires, manchettes de journaux, bandes … [to the detail page]

Civil Life in the 18th Century

1968. Beta, VHS, b/w, 10 min.

[Synopsis is actually available only in french]

Dans ce petit film de fiction nous assistions à une soirée dans un salon de l'époque. Les idées qui sont ardemment défendues sont celles de Voltaire, Rousseau, Diderot. Un vent de renouveau s'empare des esprits, la politique devient un sujet à la mode. Grâce à quelques documents-photos insérés (vues de Versailles, schéma des classes helvétiques), on suit … [to the detail page]

The Redskins

1968. Video, b/w, 8 min.

[Synopsis is actually available only in french]

Film réalisé avec des cartes, des gravures et des photos d'Indiens d'Amérique du Nord. Il raconte l'histoire des différentes tribus avant, pendant et après la conquête de l'Amérique. Il a pour but de faire connaissance avec les cultures indiennes méconnues et déformées par les histoires de Peaux-Rouges des bandes dessinées.

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