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        Bibliography and press extracts  
     
 

Bibliography about the films :

- Michael Herzfeld
“Six Views of a Greek Village” in Visual Anthropology  vol.6, N°1, 1993, pp.109-114.

- Susan Buck Sutton
“Review of four films by Colette Piault : Everyday is not a Feast Day, My Family and Me, Let's get married !, Thread of the Needle” in CVA Review, Fall 1990, pp.42-43.

- Peter S. Allen
“Everyday is not a Feast Day” in American Anthropologist, n° 84, 1982.
“Thread of the needle” in American Anthropologist, n° 86, 1984.

- Jane K. Cowan
“My Family and Me” in American Anthropologist, n° 90, 1988.

- Paul Sant Cassia
“Charbonniers” in Journal des Anthropologues, n° 47-48, 1992.
“Charcoal Makers” in American Anthropologist, n° 94, 1992 & Journal of Mediterranean Studies, Vol. 2, n° 1, 1992.

 
 
   
     

Press extracts :

Every day is not a feast day
"The film is basically a good piece. In particular, it is a welcome change from more conventional ethnographic films that tend to be mini-ethnographies. Such a film is needed to balance the image of Greece and small village society that is projected in other media. Furthermore, the film succeeds in its primary goal of conveying a feeling. The viewer really does have the impression of beeing in a greek village. Overall, it is a good film, an important document, and it deserves a wide audience."
(Dr Peter S.Allen, American Anthropologist, N° 84, 1982).

"What saved the evening turned instead out to be the film about a small greek village made by the french anthropologist, Colette Piault.... There were no pointers, no sensational shooting angles, just a straight-forward, informative and loving film."
(Translated from Expressen, Stockholm, 9.9.1983).

"The filmmaker who is from a foreign country, has sensitively described this Greece so close, yet so far from us. She has produced a documentary film which is in fact a poem."
(Translated from Elefterotypia, Athens, 3.5.1981).

Thread of the needle
"This is a nice little film. The subjects ignore the camera and speak openly and without self-consciousness. Moreover, the filmmaker has captured some exquisite details, like the young girl mounted on her donkey adjusting the hem of her dress, a gesture that reflects directly on the main theme of the film."
(Dr Peter S.Allen, American Anthropologist, N° 86, 1984).

Charcoal-Makers
"At first sight this film may appear to be one that deals with the technical processes of charcoal making, but it is more than this. It is among other things, an exposition of the discourses of men and women in Greek society on the nature and conceptualisation of work.....This is a film which uses actual narrative to construct a reflexive narrativity that emerges in the viewer. I enjoyed it."
(Dr Paul Sant Cassia, American Anthropologist, 1992, and Journal of Mediterranean Studies, Vol.2, N° 1, 1992).

"We commend Charcoal-Makers for presenting an unusual and intriguing aspect of European culture. Candid statements reveal the views of both men and women about their itinerant and physically demanding occupation of charcoal manufacturing. Visually haunting, memorable and perfectly composed images convey an impression deeper than words. The production is reflective of the filmmaker/ethnographer's approach to cultural documentation through observational cinema utilysing a very small field team."
(Honourable Mention, Society for Visual Anthropology, AAA, San Francisco, 1992).

Let's get married !
"...this film works quite well in giving a well-rounded image of a wedding carried out in the context of village decline and out-migration. Indeed its non-idealized portrayal of the ceremony again reveals Piault's striking ability to depict peasant life with neither the romanticism nor personal distance that so often surrounds such endeavors"
(Susan B.Sutton, Indiana University, for CVA Review, Fall 1990).

Return to the Brouck,
The Fenland, forty years on.
"So your footage of the production of endive and cauliflower therefore becomes not only a matter of technical interest but of personal, political and cultural interest too. I think the use of your 16mm footage from 40 years ago fits in very well with the modern shots made from the boat, witch are the heart of the film. Therefore, congratulations! It must be nice to have this successful film accomplished."
(David MacDougall, Anthropologist and Filmmaker, Professor, National Australian University).

 

ABBREVIATIONS
NFTS: National Film & Television School, Beaconsfield, (R.U.)
NAFA: Nordic Anthropological Film Association
GR16: Groupe de Recherches Sociologiques. Université de Nanterre - Paris X
LP18: Idem
SVA: Society for Visual Anthropology (USA)
CNRS: Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (National Center for Scientific Research).

 
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
 

 

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