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.
Audio commentaries featuring Michael Temple, author of Jean Vigo
Alternate shots from À propos de Nice, featuring footage Vigo cut from the film
Animated tribute to Vigo by filmmaker Michel Gondry
Ninety-minute 1964 episode of the French television series Cinéastes de notre temps on Vigo, directed by Jacques Rozier
Conversation from 1968 between filmmakers François Truffaut and Eric Rohmer on L'Atalante
Les voyages de "L'Atalante," Bernard Eisenschitz's 2001 documentary tracking the history of the film
Video interview from 2007 with director Otar Iosseliani on Vigo