Santa bought me a Jean Vigo DVD Collection. What an amazing vision this director had - some of his scenes are unforgettably surreal - but these are the closing scenes of L'atlante. Not a dry eye in the house.
Note that the radiant Dita Parlo, the female lead in L'Atalante, also appears in Jean Renoir's La Grande Illusion. And that Zero de Conduite was a major inspiration for Lindsay Anderson's If. And that the great Michel Simon, one of France's finest character actors, starred in Renoir's Boudu sauve des eaux.
This isn't meant to sound snobby, but L'Atalante is even lovelier in the cinema. The BFI put out a restored print a few years back and it periodically turns up in some cinemas, so it's well worth looking out for, and travelling to see it. I love the film, but would be hard pressed to say why. The idea of plunging your head in water to see a loved one is magical.
There's a good biography of Jean Vigo by P. E. Salles Gomes, with none of the usually obscure film language. Try and track it down, I'm sure you'd like it.
An obscure bit of trivia - there is a French film from the 70s that has a shot of a life preserver (those round things you throw in the water when someone's in the drink) with "L'Atalante" on it. What film was it?? (not a quiz!)
Jean Vigo (April 26, 1905 â€“ October 5, 1934) was a French film director, who helped establish poetic realism in film in the 1930s and went on to be a posthumous influence on the French New Wave of the late 1950s and early 1960s.
DVD boxes are great - I'll get this one as I didn't know it existed but I love the Vigo films I've seen (one a man swimming underwater, Zero and Atlante). We could of dropped him into the "those who passed too soon" slot of a few months ago - imagine if he had lived a long life and made many films!
Norman, I'm guessing the film in yr quiz is Last Tango. right or wrong?