Director Jean Vigo (1905-34) stands high on the lists of cinema's most formidable artists and its most unspeakably tragic figures. Formidable in the sense that Vigo, in a mere 29 years, turned out a handful of some of the most beautiful films the world has ever seen, with a wholly distinct and refreshing voice - titles such as Taris, L'Atalante, Zéro de Conduite and À Propos de Nice. Tragic in the sense that this brilliant artist died at the age of 29, not from a vice of any kind but from a bout of tuberculosis that silenced his voice forever. The venerable Criterion Collection issued this comprehensive box set of all four of the said titles by Vigo - fully restored with numerous supplements.
Audio Commentaries featuring Michael Temple, author of Jean Vigo; Score for 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 Truffant 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 tracing the history of the film ; ; Video Interview from 2001 with Director Otar Iosseliani on Vigo; ; Plus: A booklet featuring Essays by critics Michael Almereyda, Robert Polito, B. Kite and Luc Sante
The son of Miguel Almereyda, an anarchist activist who died in prison, Jean Vigo kept
faith with the politics of his father through his art. One of the most influential filmmakers in cinema history, Vigo gave aesthetic expression to anarchist ...