Re: Vigo. Ah, the canonisation an early death can bring with promise unfulfilled and a resultant small body of work where relatively modest efforts are elevated to an overburdened scrutiny and status undeserved. It's interesting with such cases the funnelling effect this can have, perhaps bearing out our yearning for tragedy with a romanticisation of an (heroic) life terminated and the yearning for more unassuaged.
The post below me pretty much hits the nail on the head. Pretty standard subject matter but Vigo's style is so wonderful, it makes the film worth watching. And once again Vigo's slow motion shots are impeccably ingenious and beautiful.
I'm new to Vigo, but here he takes a standard paycheck opportunity and uses it to experiment with form and style. Boring, tbh, until the director throws away the script (a standard documentary/swimming lesson) and uses the camera to film the body electric,
7/10. Charming. Includes footage of the odd, forgotten "trudgen" and "over-arm" strokes, which I'd never even heard of as a competitive swimmer. Lacks the majestic butterfly /dolphin style, which was yet to be developed in the 1930s.
Taris, roi de l'eau was Jean Vigo's second film and is often counted as a secondary effort, but, given the brief duration of his career, one must cherish every bit that he manged to produce. With his usual collaborator, Boris Kaufman, behind the camera and the sexily athletic Jean Taris swimming before it, Vigo constructs a film of constant invention and grace, built around unexpected variation of repeated effects.