Cinéaste et ethnologue (1930-2013)
Selection of films (synoptical view of the films by subject) back
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]
2005. DVCAM - Beta digital, colour, 55 min.Lucienne Schnegg is a little woman brimming with energy. At 80, she remains at the helm of the cinema Capitole. Hired as a secretary in 1949, she has become the heir of the movie house and its very soul. Cashier, cleaning woman and manager all in one, she tells us about her cinema, the grandest, the largest and the oldest of Lausanne. Right after the war, 25 people, including six ushers in [to the detail page]
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]
2002. 35mm/Beta/VHS, colour, 90 min.Every Tuesday and Saturday, in the middle of the small town of Vevey in the canton of Vaud, one of the most beautiful country markets of Switzerland is held.
Here, market gardeners, mushroom pickers, fishermen and flower vendors sell the produce of their effort and their passion on which the rules of world trade are very harsh.
Market Day pays them homage.
1992. 16mm, Beta, VHS, colour, 28 min.Upon retirement, Arnold Golay, 91, a former watchmaker who once had learned to make a timepiece entirely by hand, became a toy maker. We follow his steps as he builds a toy cart.
1991. 35mm, colour, 5 min.This portrait of a young manufacturer of musical automatons from Sainte Croix is part of a feature-length film made by 12 Swiss filmmakers. The idea was to show Switzerland's diversity, in the context of a celebration of the 700th anniversary of the Swiss Confederation. The film shows François Junod repairing an old-time musical automaton, and making a new one of an erotic nature.
1989. 16mm, Beta, VHS, colour, 29 min.The “tavillonneur” or shingle-maker cuts out and fits shingles into place. Shingles (called “tavillons” here) are one of the oldest methods of roofing or outside wall covering. There are no longer any official apprenticeships. Joseph Doutaz and Olivier Veuve have quite different techniques of cutting and placing their shingles.
1989. 16mm, Beta, VHS, colour, 26 min.The Bapst Brothers: Romain, Maurice and Jacques – whom we will also meet in The Gruyere Chronicle (produced in 1990) – are peasants and carriers and work with their father. In autumn and winter, they bid for the community’s wood, cut down the pine trees and bring down the logs through the snowy woods by horse-drawn sleigh.
1989. 16mm, Beta, VHS, colour, 30 min.As there are no longer any apprenticeships in wood turning in Switzerland, Marcellin Babey learned his craft from the former owner of his Lausanne workshop, and by going, on foot, to visit old turners in France and Spain. In the film he builds and plays on bagpipes.
1988. 16mm, colour, 35 min.Claude Lebet who should have become a minister as his father before him, studied lute-making in Cremona (Italy). Back in Switzerland, he founded his workshop at La Chaux-de-Fonds in the Jura mountains. The “Musici di Roma” launched his career by buying the first violin he made and helped him acquire his house. It takes but a month and a half to fashion a violin, but the relationship of musician [to the detail page]
1988. 16mm, Beta, VHS, colour, 27 min.Like his grandfather and his father before him, François Pernet is a mountain peasant and works with wood. He trained as a carpenter and cabinet maker and owns the last working sawmill in French-speaking Switzerland. He is a sculptor besides.
1988. 16mm, Beta, VHS, colour, 30 min.After a serious car accident, Michel Marlétaz’ reconversion began with a wood working course intended for mountain peasants. He now turns out small wooden hollow ware like spoons, bowls or butter-churns. He is the only craftsman who makes the large butter-churns used in the summer pastures.
1987. 16mm, colour, 44 min.The first of a series of seven films on wood crafts. Armand Rouiller, 80, mountain peasant, woodcutter, is the last craftsman in Switzerland to build sledges and rakes in the old-time way.
1986. 16mm, Beta, VHS, colour, 32 min.
[Synopsis is actually available only in french]
Aujourd'hui les jeunes naissent entourés d'images et de musiques enregistrées, mais autrefois qu'y avait-il? C'est à ces questions que le film répond. Tour d'horizon des différents moyens de mettre la musique «en boîte», dès le XVIIe siècle, de manière esthétique, fantaisiste, miniaturisée; en présentant les androïdes de Jaquet-Droz, et des pièces des [to the detail page]
1966. 16mm, Beta, VHS, b/w, 25 min.An ethnographic documentary about a local butchering tradition called the bouchoyage that is being lost. On this consecrated day of hard labor, an itinerant butcher called Tzacaion (usually a peasant) goes from farm to farm to slaughter the pigs with his own tools.