Vigo's feature is outwardly a simple story: couple weds, couple has problems, couple reunites, but it's transformed by the director's poetic, idiosyncratic touch into a masterpiece. Cinematographer Boris Kaufman (the younger brother of Dziga Vertov) recalled, "He used everything around him: the sun, the moon, snow, night. Instead of fighting unfavorable conditions, he made them play a part." Already in delicate health (at times he had to direct from a stretcher), the winter location shooting may have pushed Vigo over the edge – he died of lung disease at age 29, three weeks after the Paris premiere.
Venue: Anthology Film Archives
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Works in Progress at Dixon Place
Thu | 7:30 pm
At the Movies: ATTLA at National Museum of the American Indian
This film tells the story of George Attla, an Alaska Native dogsled racer who, with one good leg and fierce determination, rose to international fame and became a sports hero. A discussion follows wit...
Sound to Image: The Passion of Joan of Arc at The Greene Space
Fri | 7PM - 8:45 pm
Composer David Cieri is best known for his work scoring the films of Ken Burns, starting with The National Parks and running through The Vietnam War; Burns has called Cieri "a master composer … sensit...