Jean Vigo

Director, Assistant cameraman, Print editor
Battling chronic lung disease throughout his life, branded a traitor's son by his fellow countrymen, dead at the untimely age of 29, Jean Vigo left a truncated cinema legacy of four films. Despite his meager output ... Read more »
Born: 04/26/1905 in Paris, FR

Filmography

Director (1)

L' Atalante 1990 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Battling chronic lung disease throughout his life, branded a traitor's son by his fellow countrymen, dead at the untimely age of 29, Jean Vigo left a truncated cinema legacy of four films. Despite his meager output, Vigo has become one of the most influential French filmmakers of the century, even if it was an honor he would never live to see. At the time of their release, the films now considered Vigo's three masterpieces, "A propos de Nice" (1929), "Zero de conduite" (1933) and "L'Atalante" (1934), were largely vilified by the critics, ignored by the public, recut and butchered by producers and exhibitors. Not until the late 1940s, during the postwar art cinema movement, was Vigo's work rediscovered and finally appreciated for its unique combination of lyric realism and daring surrealism and for its and poetic simplicity.

Relationships

Eugene Bonaventure de Vigo

Father
editor of staricial paper, "Le Bonnet Rouge" from 1913-17 found murdered in prison cell August 1917

Luce

Child
born 1931

Emily Clero

Mother
confined to a hospital, 1923

Elisabeth Lozinska

Wife
married on January 24, 1929 until his death died in 1939

EDUCATION

attended a boarding school in Nimes (under the name, Jean Sales) and other boarding schools at Millau and Chartes after death of father

attended several boarding schools including the Boys School of St. Cloud until 1917

Milestones

1933

Third film, "Zero de conduite" removed from circulation by censors because it was considered "anti-France" (except for cine-club screenings, not shown again in France until 1945)

1930

Film directing debut with "A Propos de Nice"

1929

First film assignment as assistant cameraman on film, "Venus"

1928

Moved to Nice to work at Franco-Film's new production studio

1926

Sent to sanatorium at Font-Romeu for his tuberculosis

After death of father, adopted by grandmother's husband, photographer Gabriel Aubes who taught him photography

Bonus Trivia

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The annual Jean Vigo Prize is awarded in his memory, generally to a young and promising filmmaker.

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