Synopsis: Even among cinema's greatest legends, Jean Vigo stands alone. The son of a notorious anarchist, Vigo had a brief but brilliant career making poetic, lightly surrealist films before his life was cut tragically short by tuberculosis at age twenty-nine. Like the daring early works of his contemporaries Jean Cocteau and Luis Buñuel, Vigo's films refused to play by the rules.
This set includes all of Vigo's titles:
À PROPOS DE NICE, an absurdist, rhythmic slice of life from the bustling coastal city of the title; TARIS, an inventive short portrait of a swimming champion; ZÉRO DE CONDUITE, a radical, delightful tale of boarding-school rebellion that has influenced countless filmmakers; and, of course, L'ATALANTE, widely regarded as one of cinema's finest achievements, about newlyweds beginning their life together on a canal barge. These are the endlessly witty, visually adventurous works of a pivotal film artist.
Country of Origin: France
Production Year: 1934
- "The great poet of the screen.", Jonas Mekas,
- "Friskily alive, his films have been a tonic to filmmakers and cineastes alike with their visual verve, disarming poignancy, and playful humor.", Nicolas Rapold, LA Weekly