Friday, May 21, 2010

Jean Vigo

Jean Vigo's À Propos de Nice (1930) is a silent documentary, with some surrealistic touches (as in the sequence of the woman in the chair, above), about seeing and being seen at the beach in the south of France. The cameraman, Boris Kaufman, was Dziga Vertov and Mikhail Kaufman's younger brother. The camera takes in the scene in both touristy and working class Nice, and includes vacationers at leisure, a lively carnival parade, and architectural studies. Bottom still: a 1937 Lisette Model photo, "Gambler, French Riviera" shows the same location, attitude, and chairs.
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