Friday, January 9, 2015

"Zero de Conduite"

Jean Vigo was a gifted and influential French filmmaker who died at a very young age. Zero de Conduite (Zero for Conduct) is a story of anarchistic rebellion in a 1930's French boarding school.  The cinematographer was Boris Kaufman, younger brother of Dziga Vertov.  Here's a version that lives on YouTube:

However I recommend you take a look at the Criterion version.  In addition to the beautiful transfer, it includes all of Vigo's films along with learned commentary from  Michael Temple, author of Jean Vigo.

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