“1914-1918, Other Views” photo-concert approaches the First World War through eight hundred archival images, selected by director Jean-François Pey. “Propaganda”, “The Rear Front”, “Fighting”, “Scenes of Life” :period images compete for the screen through ten series in a narrative close to cinema, carried by the incisive and sensitive music of OZMA.
Expressive, edifying and touching, the selected archives allow us to examine the realities of these men and women through a variety of scenes and leads us to live a new sensitive experience.
By varying tempos, playing contrasts of dynamics, improvising with open eyes, OZMA dust off these precious finds with a creative and moving music. Ultra-modern musical influences, echoes the revolutionary technologies of a bygone era – but also simple melodies, nostalgic ballads, the face of melancholy inspired by a cold night of waiting for a dreaded battle.
OZMA uncovers treasures from a dark and bitter time, when courage and heroism were in order. Cascading images, and suddenly a text. The voice of drummer Stéphane Scharlé softly recites chapters of the correspondence of Jean Déléage, an elementay school teacher who has been at the front for too long. Then the voice disappears, giving way to music, rain and the immutable trenches.
The images were taken from the CIL (Center Image Lorraine) archives, the departmental archives of the Vosges, the Saône-et-Loire departmental archives, and the Belfort departmental archives.