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”.

Jean Vigo, Boris Kaufman, 1930, 25’

Vigo’s ode to Nice. Showing the coastal city in al its facets, the film reflects on class difference and the relationship between culture and nature.


Jean Vigo, 1934, 89’

Newly married couple Juliette and a ship captain Jean struggle through marriage as they travel on the L’Atalante along with the captain's first mate Le père Jules and a cabin boy.