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The Complete Jean Vigo at Film Forum

Image: "Jean Taris" directed by Jean Vigo

“Vigo was one of cinema’s finest poets, able to transcend mundane reality with his unique blend of lyricism, wit, sensuality and surrealism... Vigo’s imagery could be fantastic, experimental, grotesquely funny, or dreamily erotic. It was, however, always imaginative and rapturous, imbued with a passion for film.”
– Geoff Andrew, The Director’s Vision


Screenings

NEW 4K RESTORATIONS

L'ATALANTE The 1934 Director's Cut
(1934) The seaside wedding procession proceeding at a dreamy pace through a seemingly deserted town; bride Dita Parlo (Jean Gabin’s farm frau lover in Grand Illusion) promenading in her wedding dress across her new home, a river barge; Michael Simon’s cat-loving crewman Père Jules with his cornucopia of globe-trotting souvenirs (included a friend’s hands preserved in a jar); the visually expressed longing of Parlo and groom Jean Dasté for each other when first separated. Approx. 89 min.

VIGO X 3

  • ZERO FOR CONDUCT Restored Director’s Cut

(1933) Incorrigible kids return to the world’s crummiest boarding school (based on Vigo’s own bitter childhood experiences of one) and then things rapidly get surreal.  This restoration, five minutes longer than previous versions, contains unseen extended sequences and eliminates intertitles used in more recent prints.

  • À PROPOS DE NICE

(1930) Under the guise of a travelogue, a biting but deadpan critique of classism via Eisensteinian associative montage: fur coated diva/ostrich: café revelers on the Promenade/group of crocodiles, etc. Cut at the time for “bad taste.”

  • JEAN TARIS

(1931) Brief documentary on champion swimmer, with underwater and slo-mo shots.

Program of 3 films. Approx. 84 min.

TOURNAGE D'HIVER
Literally, “Winter Shooting.” Vigo left behind and extraordinary number of out-takes and ruses for both Zero for Conduct and L’Atalante, inspiring over-zealous restorers in the past to add material that Vigo never intended to use. In this 96-minute program, French film critic and historian Bernard Eisenschitz, supervisor of the definitive new L’Atalante restoration, narrates as this rare material (of exceptional quality) unfolds – revealing clapboards, bloopers and glimpses of the 28-year-old Vigo. Approx. 96 min.
 

Showtimes and more information are available through Film Forum

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