Even more than M, Zero plays in the mind as a silent... It's odd how
effective the sparing use of sound can be. In films such as Zero and M
this was probably an expedient strategy in the face of a cranky new
technology...nonetheless, it works wonderfully (still). One can't help
lament where movies have gone with their punched-up, over-Dolbyized, aural
At 11:16 AM 6/12/2002 -0700, you wrote:
>Sorry I got to this one late but Zero de conduite and L'Atalante are both
>sound films. It's the M syndrome. Regardless of whether they are silent or
>sound they are both important films, and Zero de conduite is a wonderful,
>beautiful subversive little gem. No wonder the surrelists loved Vigo.
>To make the Vertov connection, Vigo met cinematographer Boris Kaufman, who
>was Dziga Vertov's brother and made the documentary A propos de Nice (
>About Nice) in 1929 which is a kind of Kino Eye social documentary. He then
>worked with him for his next 3 films.
>His total filmic output was 3 hours and 7 minutes (about the length of
>AFI's 100 years 100 Passions). He died at the young age of 29.
>At 02:28 PM 6/6/02 -0700, you wrote:
> > >Ok I said I was not going to do this but I can't
> >resist. There is a difference between what I think
> >are the ESSENTIAL titles for a library collection and
> >my personal favorites but some are the same ESSENTIAL
> >FILMS........MAN WITH THE MOVIE CAMERA......
> >YES! Dziga Vertov must live on for future generations.
> >Find a copy of this film and acquire it. And don't
> >forget L'Atlante and Zero de Conduite by Vigo,
> >available on one tape? Let's ask Jessica.
> >-Jon A.
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