Cinéaste et ethnologue (1930-2013)
Selection of films (synoptical view of the films by subject) back
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]
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]
1968. 16mm, b/w, 20 min.«A Head Full of Music» is an attempt to give a close-up picture of a singer and the world which surrounds her. In this "small circle" which includes the manager, the artistic director, the impresario, and the orchestra depend on her and she on them - especially financially. They areiclosely linked in a battle for a place in the spotlights of the entertainment jungle. «A Head Full of Music» is an [to the detail page]