<i>L’Atalante</i>. 1934. France. Directed by Jean Vigo

Jean Vigo Program

Friday, October 22, 2010, 1:30 p.m.

Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building

Includes the following films:

  • L’Atalante

    1934. France. Directed by Jean Vigo. Cinematography by Boris Kaufman. With Michel Simon, Jean Dasté, Dita Parlo. In French; English subtitles. 79 min.

  • Zero for Conduct

    1933. France. Directed, produced, written, and edited by Jean Vigo. Cinematography by Boris Kaufman. With Jean Dasté, Robert le Flon, Louis Lefèbvre. In French; English subtitles. 43 min.

Jean Vigo (1905–1934) provided the cinema with some of its greatest glories—and one of its greatest tragedies. This program comprises almost his entire corpus of work, a stunning but stunted output that leaves us in permanent perplexity over what he might have lived to achieve. An acknowledged godfather (along with Jean Renoir and Alfred Hitchcock) to the French New Wave, Vigo died at twenty-nine, seventy-six years ago this month. His films provide a glimpse of a unique—but still raw—talent and a haunting legacy.

In the Film exhibition An Auteurist History of Film

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