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...
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.
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..
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!