└ propos de Nice (Nizza) (1930)
A Propos de Nice was the first of pantheon French filmmaker Jean Vigo's four feature films. According to Vigo's legions of admirers, the film represents Life as the director truly perceived it: Not the steadily flowing river that many assume Life to be, but a dizzying succession of vaguely related, seconds-lasting vignettes. Essentially a satiric documentary of Nice, where the tubercular Vigo had been compelled to settle for his health, the film resembles the montage-like "visual symphonies" of Russian director Dziga Vertov. Indeed, Vertov's brother, Boris Kaufmann, served as cinematographer on this and two subsequent Vigo productions. The delicate blend between realism and surrealism in A Propos de Nice would later be melded with Vigo's sense of poetry in his future masterpieces Zero de conduite and L'Atalante. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi … More
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└ propos de Nice is a kind of travelogue that starts in the style of Vertov's Man with a Movie Camera and ends in a Jean Cocteauesque political swing at the wealthy. I don't like this as much as Vertov's or Cocteau's work of the early 30's but it was his first film and some of the compositionswere trulyoriginal and spectacular of the time. Jean Vigo's greatest trick though was the way he left the camera running just that little longer than his counterparts did, adding a real sense of importance, sometimes hatred and often loathing. Beautiful and historically important cinema!More
No narrative story...just a montage of beach-side activities at Nice, plus a few delightful bits of surrealism (wow, that flash of nudity was a surprise). A young filmmaker could learn more about pace and editing from watching this short than from reading a whole textbook.
If Jean Vigo were alive today, I think he'd have a few "upskirt photo" websites bookmarked.
Jean Vigo's first film is a travelogue that employs many camera techniques, hard to believe this was his first film experience, to portray many satirical montages and support his personality and beliefs. The sense of everyday life and routine are captured in a way that makes them both mundane yet purposeful while having a social viewpoint. A prime example is the way the rich try to maintain composure and come off nervously and stiff, meanwhile the poor children could give a damn and so come off natural and composed. Truly a work of art and a beautiful film. Essential watching for all cinephiles!More
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