Complete Jean Vigo, The (DVD)

Complete Jean Vigo, The (DVD)

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Even among cinema’s legends, Jean Vigo stands apart. The son of a notorious anarchist, Vigo had a brief but brilliant career making poetic, lightly surrealist films before his life was cut tragically short by tuberculosis at age twenty-nine. Like the daring early works of his contemporaries Jean Cocteau and Luis Buñuel, Vigo’s films refused to play by the rules. This set includes all of Vigo’s titles: À propos de Nice, an absurdist, rhythmic slice of life from the bustling coastal city; Taris, an inventive short portrait of a swimming champion; Zéro de conduite, a radical, delightful tale of boarding-school rebellion that has influenced countless filmmakers; and L’Atalante, widely regarded as one of cinema’s finest achievements, about newlyweds beginning their life together on a canal barge. These are the witty, visually adventurous works of a pivotal film artist.


  • New high-definition digital restorations of all four of Jean Vigo’s films, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentaries featuring Michael Temple, author of Jean Vigo
  • Score for À propos de Nice by Marc Perrone, from 2001
  • Alternate edits from À propos de Nice, featuring footage cut by Vigo
  • Episode of the French television series Cinéastes de notre temps about Vigo, from 1964
  • Conversation from 1968 between filmmakers François Truffaut and Eric Rohmer on L’Atalante
  • Animated tribute to Vigo by filmmaker Michel Gondry
  • Les voyages de “L’Atalante,” film restorer and historian Bernard Eisenschitz’s 2001 documentary tracking the history of the film
  • Video interview from 2001 with director Otar Iosseliani on Vigo
  • New and improved English subtitle translations
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring new essays by critics Michael Almereyda, Robert Polito, B. Kite, and Lucy Sante

    New cover by Jason Hardy