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Good value complete collection
on 25 June 2012
This pair of DVDs contains all Jean Vigo's other films (notably Zéro de Conduite) as well as several documentaries. The version of L'Atalante is the most complete restoration, released in about 2004 or so. In fact, so far as I can tell from the reviews, this is simply a repackaging of The Jean Vigo Collection (2 disc Collector's Edition) [DVD] at a much lower price.
The main attraction, L'Atalante, is a wonderful film and regularly features high in lists of the all time greatest films, full of humour, tenderness, and superb camera work. The surreal and dreamlike scene between Dita Parlo and Michel Simon is perhaps my favourite, and has stayed with me since I first saw the film in 1991. Of the other films, I particularly enjoyed "A propos de Nice", which I had never seen before, and which, like most of Vigo's work, was far ahead of its time.
I bought this DVD after watching Vigo - Passion For Life [DVD] with my fiancée. That is an excellent companion piece to this collection - it is a dramatised version of Vigo's life, and many of the scenes cleverly echo Vigo's work.