FILMOGRAPHY

 

VISIONI DI SARDEGNA 
Artistic coordination by Gavino Gabriel
Cines-Pittaluga
B/W, 12 min.
1932


The documentary Visioni di Sardegna (Visions of Sardinia) is composed of four short films, each of them dedicated to a specific topic, entitled: 
1. Landscapes and types of Sardinia: the Nuraghe
2. Customs and dances of old Sardinia: the serenade of Gallura
3. Songs and dances of ancient Sardinia: the enchantment of the bunch
4. Customs and songs of old Sardinia; the harvest.
The films are organized as a sort of audio-visual symphony in which close-ups, pictures of Sardinian landscapes and sets made specially for the shootings (halfway between realism and dramatization) alternate. The sound, without spoken intervention, alternates recordings of traditional music with orchestra music composed by Gabriel himself.
Particularly valuable are the original sound documents, among the first ever collected in the island, which include pieces of music for launeddas, the a tàsgia singing of Aggius, songs and dances accompanied by small accordion and the disispirata from Gallura, so dear to Gavino Gabriel.

 

     

 

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NEI PAESI DELL'ORBACE
Directed and created by Gavino Gabriel
Cines-Pittaluga
B/W, 5 min.
1936


This short documentary is dedicated to the production chain of the orbace, a typical Sardinian woolen fabric. Filmed mainly in the village of Desulo, it shows the different stages of its processing: from the shearing to the cleansing of the wool, from the boiling to the carding, from the preparation of the warpage along the streets of the village to the weaving, up to the fulling at the "fulling mill", a water mill located in the village of Olzai and dedicated to this task. 
Nei paesi dell'orbace (In the villages of the orbace), which starts with the images of a wedding in Desulo accompanied by an orchestra music, it is considered the only authentic ethnographic document of the entire film collection of the Fascist period.

 

 

ETNOFONIA DELLA SARDEGNA
Directed by Remo Branca, texts by Gavino Gabriel
Ministry of Education/Cineteca scolastica
B/W, 20 min. 
1952/53
 
The film is dedicated to Sardinian oral music and is divided into two parts: the first one is focused on the areas of Sassari and Barbagia, the second one on the area of Oristano. The images are in black and white, accompanied by the synchronized recordings of the original music and the voice over of the authors. 
Remo Branca, who is more famous for his work as an engraver than as a director, was in charge of the description of the architecture, of the landscape and the cultural environment, while Gavino Gabriel commented on the musical aspects.
Made on behalf of the Ministry of Education, Etnofonia della Sardegna (Etnophonia of Sardinia) is a unique documentary of that period, completely different from both the propaganda works and the merely descriptive travel documentaries.
 
 
     
 

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