Jean Vigo Program
Thursday, October 21, 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:
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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