The Complete Jean Vigo (A propos de Nice / Taris / Zero de conduite / L'atalante) (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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À propos de Nice, 1930, 23 min, B&W, Silent, 1.33:1
Taris, 1931, 9 min, B&W, Mono, In French with English subtitles, 1.19:1
Zéro de conduite, 1933, 44 min, B&W, Mono, In French with English subtitles
L’Atalante, 1934, 85 min, B&W, Mono, In French with English subtitles, 1.33:1
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For me there is no movie more romantic and heartfelt than L'Atalante. It's story is simple enough, a young couple is married in a small town and then begins married life on Seine River barge heading for Paris. The deck hand is Michel Simon, (Boudu Saved From Drowning -Jean Renoir) in another funny role. They arrive in Paris, complications ensue... L'Atalante inspired the French New Wave, especially Francois Truffaut, Claude Lelouch and Jacques Rivette. It's one of the great treasures.
Zero de Conduite - is about a rebellion in a boarding school and established that genre. Luis Bunuel's Los Olvidados and Truffaut's the 400 Blows, quote directly from it.
A Propos de Nice and Taris are a City Film and a study of a swimming champion. They will seem very dated, but if you love movies, city films-films about cities-are interesting, both historically, and for the film techniques they used. The qualities of these short movies led directly to Vigo being allowed to make his two feature films.
I can't say enough about Jean Vigo and especially L'Atalante and Zero de Conduit.
While so far we have fairly entertaining fare for me at least "L'Atalante" is the masterpiece here. I have watched it 3 times already and I can't wait to watch it again which to me spells classic film in any language.Read more ›
"A propos de Nice" is a rhythmic view of life in that bustling tourist city; it occasionally rises to unexpected absurd heights. "Taris" is a portrait of a swimming champion. "Zero de conduite" is an inventive, charming tale of rebellious boarding school students, a topic on which Vigo can be presumed to know a lot: It has been endlessly influential to other film makers world wide over the years.
"L'Atalante"is in black and white, runs a tight 89 minutes, and is the greatest achievement of Vigo, a too-little known but greatly respected and influential film maker, who died of tuberculosis, shortly after its completion, at the shockingly young age of 29. The film is now generally available only on this disk that constitutes the entire oeuvre of the director's short, turbulent life.
Vigo's master work opens as Juliette, a young girl who has never set foot outside her village, marries Jean, mate on a French river barge named "L'Atalante," and sets up housekeeping aboard. Also aboard are a cabin boy, and the colorful old sailor Pere Jules, played by the inimitable Michel Simon (Port of Shadows (The Criterion Collection),The Train).Read more ›
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And frankly, L'Atalante and Zero de Conduite would have been worth the price of the set by themselves. Read morePublished on September 20, 2013 by C. Hyatt
This item is used, but like new. The price was also reasonable for a Criterion Collection Blu-ray. Thank you for this great product!Published on May 29, 2013 by Tameka J. Taylor
Jean Vigo made only 200 minutes of feature films in his short lifetime (he died at 28 or 29) -- some of the finest minutes in the history of cinema. Read morePublished on March 22, 2013 by Alan Fischer
I first saw these films on a VHS transfer from un-restored reels. Even so, I loved these little gems. I did something i rarely do, I bought a copy for myself. Read morePublished on January 7, 2013 by David Saltaire
I have seen thousands of movies. This collection is one of the few I give a full five star rating. I did so with full recognition of a biased objectivity. Read morePublished on December 20, 2012 by Frank P
Amazing. For the first time I feel like I've really seen L'Atalante, and I've seen projected prints. Both the films and the technical quality of this blu-ray are superior. Read morePublished on August 24, 2012 by Ken Volok
Accessing Vigo's works has been a challenge until Criterion recently issued this 2 disc set. The image and sound quality has been restored as well as they can be. Read morePublished on February 27, 2012 by Richard M. Sola
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