We follow up the Summer Classics Film Festival, presented by WUKY with the Rosa Goddard International Film Festival, presented once again by our friends at Sqecial Media. All shows are just $5 and presented at 7:15 only.
September 11 brings us a phenomenal double feature from French film director/writer Jean Vigo (1905-1934) who helped establish poetic realism in film in the 1930s and was a posthumous influence on the French New Wave of the late 1950s and early 1960s.
The most acclaimed film in Vigo’s short career. L’ATALANTE (1934) is the name of the barge owned by Jean (Jean Daste), who marries the lovely Juliette (Dita Parlo) at the film’s beginning. Juliette comes to live aboard the barge, for Jean makes his living on the Seine. The arrival of a woman on board disrupts the small crew, but they do their best to make her welcome. The solitude and boredom soon take their toll on Juliette, so Jean brings her ashore for a night at a cafe in Paris. He becomes jealous of a flirtation between Juliette and a peddler, and when she leaves the ship again later, Jean casts off from the port. This dark love story is also peppered with hallucinations and unusual camerawork. trailer
One of the greatest films about children ever made and a haunting celebration of anarchic rebellion, The first fictional work from Vigo, ZERO FOR CONDUCT (1933), was closely based on his own miserable experiences as a boarding-school pupil and influenced other screen classics of disaffected youth including Truffaut’s THE 400 BLOWS and Lindsay Anderson’s IF. The shortest of French filmmaker Jean Vigo’s two feature-length films, ZERO FOR CONDUCT (Zero de Conduite) is also arguably his most influential.
Coming up in the series:
9/18 Marcel Camus’ BLACK ORPHEUS
9/25 Jean Cocteau’s ORPHEUS