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.
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.