Jean Vigo was twenty-five when he made this, his debut film, a silent cinematic poem that reveals, through a thrilling and ironic use of montage, the economic reality hidden behind the facade of the Mediterranean resort town of Nice.
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This picture (as the profile picture for the movie) is the worst spoiler in the history of cinema! Who the hell thought it was a good idea to use it? Was it someone who watched the film? I'm so glad I came here only after watching this masterpiece. This ruins the experience of watching the whole film. It's supposed to be completely unexpected, out of context!
Jean Vigo directed this playful silent short, his first directorial effort, when he was only 25. A slightly surrealist look at the economic dark side of Nice, A PROPOS DE NICE cleverly illustrates the economic disparities of a city whose beautiful facade masks deep poverty and strife.
Boris Kaufman, brother of Dziga Vertov (Director of "Man with the Movie Camera) was the Director of Photography in this film. It's so identical to "Man with the Movie Camera" at times, it sickens me. Some very amazing shots in this experimental film, but it falls short compared to the other works of Jean Vigo (with the expection of the jean taris swimming documentary)
Masterful use of editing. This is a short experimental film exposing the good and bad aspects of modern society by contrasting them in an almost absurdist but effective way. It stands as a social commentary on the way that society is fueled by capitalism. Something that popped in my head while watching the film was : "Hiding in plain sight". Capitalism is hiding in plain sight. We, the society, are just hiding it.
7.5/10. So Vigo described this as showing "[t]he last gasps [?!] of a society so lost in its escapism that it sickens you and makes you sympathetic to a revolutionary solution"? Whoever claims to see that today: Gimme a break. We see people and stuff in the Riviera sun. Beautifully shot. Edited with silliness and a rhythm. I saw this accompanied by a remarkably beautiful and upbeat accordion score.