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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 ›
Vigo may be obscure to many filmgoers, but his influence on cinema has been substantial since his untimely death at the age of 29. His total film output was under 2 hours, but what a 2 hours they are!
The extra features in the Criterion version put Vigo into context and help the viewer appreciate the conditions under which the films were made and the difficulties faced by the restorers.
Criterion does it again!
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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 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
This terrific collection, put together with care and attentiveness by Criterion, is a must for any cinephile. Read morePublished on February 22, 2012 by M. Dubitzky
Not any great art here. The shameless hype in the advertising notes won't make the films watchable. Like an elementary school kid's first attempt with a camera. Read morePublished on February 8, 2012 by Jack Bert
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