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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Feeling 1930 town of Nice through the eyes of a visual poet.What could you wish more? Capturing simple moments of life and turning them into a dialog with the viewer about huge society problems. Oh and his use of slow motion just takes my breath away...
Vigo's tragically curtailed career began with this short avant-garde documentary, one of the most acclaimed ot its time. The film is an impression of Nice that was intended to alert audiences to the differences between the rich on the Promenade and the poor on the back streets. Kaufman was the cinematographer on this and all of Vigo's films and he would go on to have a successful and distinguished career in America..
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.
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!