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À propos de Nice (1930)

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.

Directors:

Boris Kaufman, Jean Vigo

Writer:

Jean Vigo (screenplay)
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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.

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Country:

France

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Release Date:

28 May 1930 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Nizza See more »

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Production Co:

Pathé-Natan See more »
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Sound Mix:

Silent | Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The movie was financed by Vigo's father-in-law. See more »

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Featured in Nuestra memoria es para siempre (2017) See more »

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How the experienced eye captures that which the youthful eye cannot interpret.
4 November 2003 | by uds3See all my reviews

I first saw this as part of a school film study in 1960. THEN as I recall, I merely saw a creaky old French travelogue highlighting more or less a day in the life of a town on the French Cote D'Azur that bore less relevance, to ME at least, than the rather staid and somewhat uninspiring biscuits named after it!

I saw A PROPOS DE NICE again some forty years later at a lowly patronised French Film Festival which had been hurridly organised apparently by Sydney University. What I saw THAT night, with the advantage of four decades of life's experiences, was a superbly constructed attack on, or should I say "de-construction" OF - the Bourgois. Vigo, himself an anarchist to his left femur, relentlessly piles on the satire with images of the "respected" upper-class acting anything but respectfully.

Innovative indeed was the cinematography from Boris Kaufman with intentionally tilted aspects of buildings to lessen their grandeur, use of shadow and striking images of the people (love the Brit tourists nursing their fish and chips) as they go about their daily business.

Essential viewing for students of early French cinema.


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