Jacques Demy’s first film was this documentary short about a clog maker in the town of La Chappelle-Basse-Mer, in the Loire Valley. Demy respectfully filmed his everyday activity and his craftsmanship in detail.
Centering the day-to-day of a clog maker, Demy not only elevates the specificity of a dying trade but also ponders on the changing tides of modernity and the inevitability of death. Shot in black and white, the Loire Valley landscape is stark yet evocative, haunted by the lingering specter of WWII.
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