From the grape to the dinner table - how Cognac is made. c. 1973
Documentary about the processes involved in making Cognac brandy. There are two versions of this film; both are colour faded. Check other records. Sound is currently missing for this version; it exists for some sections of 'testing' version but is very scratched.
Reel 1. High angle shot of town of Cognac. Panning shot of French landscape including vineyards. Various shots of the grape harvest. Good C/Us of men cutting bunches of grapes off the vine and loading up their baskets. M/S of a young boy crouching by a grape vine picking off the fruit and eating it. Horse drawn cart is loaded up with bunches of grapes. Man carries a metal container on his back full of grapes. He climbs up a ladder and tips the grapes into a large barrel. Women work at the vines with the men. One of the women hands out very large bottles of wine. Various shots of the workers taking a swig from the bottle. One man holds the bottle above his mouth and pours the liquid in from on high. Horse pulls a cart full of grapes. Horse and cart enter a courtyard. The horse is made to walk backwards so that the grapes can be tipped into a special container. C/U of the grapes being pushed down into the hold. Quintessential "vendage" shots.
Barrel making section. Various shots of men planing wood for the barrels. Man stands and fits together all the slats which make up the barrel. Another man places metal bands over the slats to force it closed. He then uses a hammer to force the bands down around the barrel. A primitive vice is used to close the slats. Various shots of man using a hand tool to finish off the inside of the barrel.