Films byTexts by Jean Vigo

Jean Vigo (1905-1934) was a French filmmaker. In his short life Vigo made four films, characterized by a combination of social engagement and lyrical poetry: À propos de Nice (1930), Taris, roi de l'eau (1931), Zéro de conduite: Jeunes diables au collège (1933) and L'Atalante (1934). His poetic realism wouldn’t be recognized until 1945. Since then, his reputation has grown. He has influenced many filmmakers. Every year, the Jean Vigo Prize is awarded to a work known for its “independence of spirit and quality of directing”.

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Jean Vigo, Boris Kaufman, 1930, 25’

“A social documentary is distinguished from an ordinary documentary and weekly newsreels by the viewpoint that the author clearly supports in it.

This kind of social documentary demands that one take a position because it dots the i’s.

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Jean Vigo, 1934, 89’

« Le cinéma muet fut un diamant d’abord brut, puis poli et taillé. Le cinéma sonore doit fondre deux ordres de matériaux, l’image et le son, comme le fait l’art du vitrail ou celui de la céramique. Mais seul Vigo a réussi cette fusion parfaite : son cinéma est aussi homogène que du muet. »