Complete Jean Vigo, The: The Criterion Collection

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Complete Jean Vigo, The: The Criterion Collection

Even among cinema's greatest legends, Jean Vigo stands alone. 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 of the title; 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, of course, L'Atalante, widely regarded as one of cinema's finest achievements, about newlyweds beginning their life together on a canal barge. These are the endlessly witty, visually adventurous works of a pivotal film artist.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added May 17 2011
  • Empire SKU 1575309
  • UPC Code 715515084819
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Custom
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English


Audio commentaries featuring Michael Temple, author of Jean Vigo
Score for A Propos De Nice by Marc Perrone, from 2001
Alternate edits from A Propos De Nice, featuring footage cut by Vigo
Episode of the French television series Cineastes De Notre Temps about Vigo, from 1964
Conversation from 1968 between filmmakers Francois 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 tracing the history of the film
Video interview from 2001 with director Otar Iosselianan on Vigo
Booklet featuring essays by critics Michael Almereyda, Robert Polito, B. Kite, and Luc Sante


  • Audio
    French PCM Mono
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 B&W
    Widescreen 1.19:1 B&W

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