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Work as an assistant to documentarian Georges Rouquier soon followed; the elder filmmaker produced and narrated Demy's first short, Le Sabotier du Val de Loire (The Loire Valley Clog Maker, 1955), a nonfiction portrait of a senescent artisan and his wife.
On observe aussi, dans le dialogue polemique qui oppose frequemment les protagonistes (mere contre pere et/ou fils, savetier contre sabotier, etc.
By profession he was a sabotier, someone who made wooden sabots or clogs.