Jean Vigo | The Complete Vigo

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“Taris”, 1933


À propos de Nice, Taris, Zéro de conduite, L’Atalante

Edizione Criterion, 30 agosto 2011

2 dvd / Blu-ray

“Even among cinema’s legends, Jean Vigo stands apart. 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; 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 L’Atalante, widely regarded as one of cinema’s finest achievements, about newlyweds beginning their life together on a canal barge. These are the witty, visually adventurous works of a pivotal film artist.

“À propos de Nice”, 1930


New high-definition digital restorations of all four of Jean Vigo’s films

Audio commentaries featuring Michael Temple, author of “Jean Vigo”

Score for “À propos de Nice” by Marc Perrone, from 2001

Alternate edits from “À propos de Nice”, featuring footage cut by Vigo

Episode of the French television series Cinéastes de notre temps about Vigo, from 1964

Conversation from 1968 between filmmakers François Truffaut and Eric Rohmer on “L’Atalante”

Animated tribute to Vigo by filmmaker Michel Gondry

Les voyages de “L’Atalante,” film restorer and historian Bernard Eisenschitz’s 2001 documentary tracking the history of the film

Video interview from 2001 with director Otar Iosseliani on Vigo

New and improved English subtitle translations

PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by critics Michael Almereyda, Robert Polito, B. Kite, and Luc Sante

“Zéro de conduite”, 1933


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