Jacqueline Veuve

Cinéaste et ethnologue (1930-2013)

Claude Lebet, luthier (Jacqueline Veuve)

Claude Lebet, Lute-maker

Claude Lebet, luthier

Switzerland 1988. 16mm, colour, 35 min.

Image: Claude Lebet, luthier 

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 and lute-maker lasts a whole lifetime.

DirectorJacqueline Veuve
ScriptJacqueline Veuve
PhotographyHugues Ryffel
SoundLuc Yersin, Pierre-André Luthy
EditingEdwige Ochsenbein
MusicBach/Vivaldi, interprétée par «I Musici di Roma» et Alexandre Gavrilovici
CollaboratorsProd. exécutif: Jean-Marc Henchoz
Duration35 min.
Format16mm, colour
Versionsfrançais; ST: english, deutsch
Sales DVD/VideoVHS  [order
Festivals/PrizesAward DFI
ProductionAquarius Film Production, TSR, La Sept (Paris)
World RightsAquarius Film Production
Distribution SwitzerlandAquarius Film Production, CH-1808 Les Monts-de-Corsier
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Press review

The greatest achievement of Jacqueline Veuve and of her small but efficient team, is to show us the complexity, the richness and the beauty of this "complete trade" (Claude Lebet). She does this in a brief, precise, clear and unpretentious way, but yet in a way which is full of art, pleasure and humour. ZOOM Bern, 1989 (Peter F. Stucki) The pictures are beautiful, the light is quivering, the sound is exact, the editing is didactic in the order of the mouvements which are artisanal and creative. The bias of the film is interresting: there's no commentary, no questions/answers. The artisan talks about his trade and recalls a few moments of his life. The pictures complement his words. L'Impartial, La Chaux-de-Fonds, 1988

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