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Jean Vigo

Director

[on his film, À propos de Nice] “In this film, by showing certain basic aspects of a city, a way of life is put on trial. The last gasps of a society so lost in its escapism that it sickens you and makes you sympathetic to a revolutionary solution.”

 

Biography

As the son of notorious French anarchist Eugene Bonaventure de Vigo (aka Miguel Almereyda), young Jean Vigo and his family were obliged to stay on the move, usually under assumed names. After his father was found dead in his prison cell in 1917, Vigo attended boarding school under the name Jean Sales. A tuberculosis victim, Vigo moved to Nice to recuperate in 1929. While on the mend, he directed his first film, the surrealist A propos de Nice (1930). His next project was the 11-minute Taris, a documentary about France’s reigning swimming champion. Zero de conduite (1932), Vigo’s third film (at 45 minutes, it was not quite a short but not exactly a feature), combined the absurd qualities of his first picture with the straight-on realities of the second. The naturalistic central setting of a dismal, restrictive boys’ school is undercut with the absurdity of a pint-sized instructor, a World War I-style pillow fight, and a wish-fulfillment climactic scene in which the schoolboys pelt their… read more

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Henrique Verkündigung

3Jan13

this guy died way to soon, i wonder how many masterpieces he had done if he was still alive / lived longer !

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Harry Rossi

20May12

After watching all 4 of his movies, it makes me very sad that he left us so early on. The man had vast talent and who knows how many more masterpieces he could have made. That being said, the 4 movies he did make are all wonderful, playful, visually beautiful, unique and at times masterful.

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le tigre

30Apr12

I'll be watching all four of his films this week.

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Mark_Med

6Apr12

I like that he uses joy and freedom of expression to reflect his philosophy of Anarchism.

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