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.
There's room for all kinds of fascinations within the film. While it's almost mandatory to describe it as a political film, it has a playful side and an awe towards the strangeness of everyday life. Some people might find this as inconsistent and banal but part of the modernity of the film is based precisely on that disregard for thematic categories.
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..
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...
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)