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À propos de Nice
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À propos de Nice

1930
Documentary
Short Film
24m
What starts off as a conventional travelogue turns into a satirical portrait of the town of Nice on the French Cote d'Azur, especially its wealthy inhabitants. (imdb)
Director: Jean_VigoJean Vigo
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45th
3
A pleasant little time capsule, not only for its evocation of a place, but particularly for the way Vigo plays with time itself. Exaggerated fast motion, suspended slow motion, and chopping it all up with montage. What could be just a documentary is edited into the realm of surrealism.
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44th
75
A pleasant little film that stands out thanks to some visual creativity from Vigo and a very enchanting score.
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39th
60
Interesting but too frantic; inquiringly, Vigo observes streets, buildings, legs, faces etc. with a camera often close to the "action"... Annoyed faces are repeatedly captured with great curiosity by the filmmaker.
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81st
84
Resembles the "city symphony" pieces of the time but is more Bunuellian in tone, skewering the bourgeois and sending out a call for revolution among the common people. Vigo makes powerful, and often hilarious, use of juxtaposed shots to mock the idle rich and ultimately endorsing their destruction. We see upper crust types looking bored and lazy contrasted with the lively working class, unprivileged but vibrant. Vigo's fearlessness in editing and camera movement is evident.
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54th
60
The "city symphony" genre had reached its heyday by 1930, so Vigo was able to rely on conventions already established, but his portrait of Nice is a respectable entry in that legacy and I suppose the more cities the merrier. To its credit, it is more tongue-in-cheek than propagandist examples like the Berlin one or Vertov's "Man with a Movie Camera".
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Director: Jean_VigoJean Vigo
Written By: Jean_VigoJean Vigo
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 24m
Language: None
Country: France

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