46 days
95'
France, 1990

Production : La Cinquième

Programmed by Pierre Oscar Lévy



Synopsis


Portrait of Pierre Schaeffer (1910-1995), a pioneer of concrete music, graduate, researcher, broadcaster, pedagoge, defender of interdisciplinarity and of reflection on modes and systems of expression, such as usage of the media. The compilation unrolls via a montage of archive images, testimonies, and extracts from works in which he collaborated.

Tënk's opinion


Here is a film we all should see! One we might take for the most classical and banal of television programmes, the portrait of a rather condescending master. Yet, it rather resembles a modern mash-up, with just one difference: the extracts taken from certain programmes are not excessively ‘cut’. It is, above all, a magnificent reflection on the ordeal of the image- and sound-maker’s profession, one that helps us understand that ‘you need to work your instrument’ and that tragedy is all around us. And that no one wants to actually reflect on television (a simple object aimed at broadcasting, no different from YouTube or from Tënk). In a nutshell, this programme - that certain may snub - asks some contemporary questions, ones that are pertinent here, within this documentary film broadcasting structure. Yet, I must admit having worked myself for the research department and that, in 1965, I often took a trip to "La Jetée".

 

 

 

Pierre Oscar Lévy
Director

 

 

 


Authors


Gérard Follin

Gérard Follin

Marie-Claire Schaeffer

Marie-Claire Schaeffer

Lise Déramond

Lise Déramond

Born in 1939 and deceased in 2001, Gérard Follin studied, without graduating, literature, law, medicine and political economics, before his first professional experience in television (in public service TV which he never left) with Stellio Lorenzi and Igor Barrère. He collaborated in the production of several series: "Les Gens d'ici", "Bande à part", "Contre-enquête" and "Génération" by Hervé Hamon, Patrick Rotman and Daniel Edinger, on the later lives of players in the May 1968 protests.