Robert Bardston, Le fils du barde

1988, 53:00 minutes, colour, French


Robert Bardston is a Black American cello virtuoso who now lives in Canada. This engaging character, minus the classical tuxedo, speaks with passion and humour of a concert musician's everyday life and about his integration into a new culture.
An urge to free himself from the ghetto of Louisville, Kentucky, led him to study the cello in West Germany and Canada. Many years later, he has come full circle and takes great pride in his origins. While he talks and demonstrates his musical talent, his honesty and determination as an artist become the main subject of the video.

Portrait intimiste de Robert Bardston, violoncelliste noir américain vivant au Canada. Au-delà de l'image "smoking et noeud papillon," celui-ci nous introduit à sa vie quotidienne de concertiste. Il nous raconte aussi comment, après avoir ressenti à l'âge de 18 ans l'urgence de se libérer de son ghetto d'origine, il redécouvre plusieurs années plus tard les liens indéfectibles qui l'y rattachent. Bardston sera désormais fier de ses sources!
L'humour, la passion et la sensibilité du personnage, la détermination de l'artiste, son honnêteté et sa remarquable intégration à la culture canadienne font du Fils du barde un document tout à fait séduisant.

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