Jean Vigo’s legendary last film, about a barge captain (Jean Dasté) and his new bride (Dita Parlo), who begin their turbulent marriage aboard his riverboat accompanied by an eccentric first mate (Michel Simon), was filmed in the winter of 1933 while the director was suffering from tuberculosis. Gaumont started hacking away at Vigo’s cut and released a 65-minute version to poor reviews. One month later, Vigo died at age 29. Since then, the film has not only been seen and loved but painstakingly reconstituted over time to be as close as we will ever come to Vigo’s original cut. A Janus Films release.
Restored by Gaumont in association with The Film Foundation and La Cinémathèque française with the support of Centre National de la Cinématographie. Restoration performed at L’Immagine Ritrovata in Bologna and Paris.