Jean Vigo

  • Jean Vigo – L’Atalante (1934)

    Jean Vigo1931-1940DramaFranceRomance
    L'Atalante (1934)
    L’Atalante (1934)

    In Jean Vigo’s hands, an unassuming tale of conjugal love becomes an achingly romantic reverie of desire and hope. Jean (Jean Dasté), a barge captain, marries Juliette (Dita Parlo), an innocent country girl, and the two climb aboard Jean’s boat, the L’Atalante—otherwise populated by an earthy first mate (Michel Simon) and a multitude of mangy cats—and embark on their new life together. Both a surprisingly erotic idyll and a clear-eyed meditation on love, L’Atalante, Vigo’s only feature-length work, is a film like no other.Read More »

  • Jean Vigo – Zéro de conduite AKA Zero for conduct (1933)

    1931-1940ArthouseClassicsFranceJean Vigo

    In a repressive boarding school with rigid rules of behavior, four boys decide to rebel against the director on a celebration day.Read More »

  • Jean Vigo – Zéro de conduite AKA Zero for conduct (1933)

    1931-1940ArthouseDramaFranceJean VigoQueer Cinema(s)


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    The shortest of French filmmaker Jean Vigo’s two feature-length films, Zero for Conduct (Zero de Conduite) is also arguably his most influential. The overtly autobiographical plotline takes place at a painfully strict boys’ boarding school, presided over by such petit-bourgeous tyrants as a discipline-dispensing dwarf. The students revolt against the monotony of their daily routine by erupting into a outsized pillow fight. Their final assault occurs during a prim-and-proper school ceremony, wherein the headmasters are bombarded with fruit. Like all of Vigo’s works, Zero for Conduct was greeted with outrage by the “right” people. Thanks to pressure from civic and educational groups, this exhilaratingly anarchistic film was banned from public exhibition until 1945. Among the future filmmakers influenced by Zero for Conduct was Lindsay Anderson, who unabashedly used the Vigo film as blueprint for his own anti-establishment exercise If…. Read More »

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