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Taris (1931)

Taris, roi de l'eau (original title)
Jean Vigo films the talents of great swimming champion Jean Taris performing different acts. Vigo film technique allied with Taris swimming style are intertwined with grace and effect.

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Jean Vigo

Writer:

Jean Vigo

Star:

Jean Taris
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Jean Taris Jean Taris ... Himself
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Jean Vigo films the talents of great swimming champion Jean Taris performing different acts. Vigo film technique allied with Taris swimming style are intertwined with grace and effect.

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France

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French

Release Date:

16 November 1962 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Jean Taris, Swimming Champion See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Referenced in La máquina del tiempo (La luz y la imprenta) (2007) See more »

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King Taris
3 November 2013 | by kurosawakiraSee all my reviews

A commissioned work, this wasn't only disliked by the producers who hired him, as a result possibly edited without his consent to its final form (Michael Temple on the Criterion commentary track suggests that perhaps Jean Renoir was one of the directors called in), this was reportedly disavowed by Vigo himself, who apparently said that he only liked the underwater footage.

In many respects this is an experiment on various cinematic techniques: Vigo had already utilized and mastered the use of slow-motion in "À propos de Nice" (1930); here he uses transposed images and reversed footage in addition to some exquisite slow-motion of Taris swimming in the water. (Temple points out that the underwater shot of Taris goofing around is a laboratory of sorts for "L'Atalante" (1934), which would use an almost similar underwater shot)

But this is transcendental in the sense Vigo sees both water and the human body, like a sculpture come to life. Water, one of the most cinematic things in the whole world, is a character of its own here. It's the kingdom whose king Taris is, as implied in the title. In that sense this is also a fête of the human body and its power over the element.

And, most important, it's fun.


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