ZERO FOR CONDUCT – A PROPOS DE NICE – TARIS

Jean Vigo’s anarchic outlook and spirit of poetic experimentation make
this timeless evocation of the mischief and rebellion of childhood one
of the essential classics of French cinema, a reference claimed by
each successive generation of young filmmakers. Beautifully served
by a new restoration, this tale of a student revolt in a boarding school
outside Paris leaps off the screen like it was the work of a passionate
new director of the 21st century rather than a long-dead genius who
bridged the gap between silent and sound film. In Zero for Conduct,
Vigo forsakes “realism” to allow us to see like a child, with a gaze full
of wonder and invention: cruel instructors are grotesque creatures,
drawings come alive on the page, mirrors deform and augment reality,
and slow motion fixes a moment in eternal memory. Yet beneath this
enchanting playfulness is a totally lifelike combination of rage and tenderness
that perfectly captures the vibrant, sometimes painfully acute
experience of childhood. This program also features Vigo’s first film
À propos de Nice, a study of social inequality in Nice, shot on location
in 1930, and his short Taris, a wonderful portrait of French Olympic
swimmer Jean Taris, notable for its technically innovative underwater
photography and use of slow motion.

DIRECTOR
Jean Vigo

SCREENPLAY
Jean Vigo

CAST
À propos de Nice (N/A); Taris
(Jean Taris); Zéro de conduite
(Jean Dasté, Robert Le
Flon, Blanchar, Delphin)

DETAILS
French
À propos de Nice – 1930 (23 min.)
Taris – 1931 (10 min.)
Zéro de conduite – 1933 (44 min.)
France
DCP, DVD, Blu-Ray

DISTRIBUTOR
Janus Films

PRICE RANGE
$200-$350