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'Complete Vigo,' 'Early Soviet Film': Kenneth Turan's DVD picks

October 26, 2011 | 10:00 am

Zero de Conduite

The late-silent, early-sound period was a particularly fertile one for filmmakers in Europe, and two new DVD collections highlight the landmark work done in two countries.

"The Complete Jean Vigo," a splendid Criterion Collection, delivers the entire output of the acclaimed French director, who died at the tragically young age of 29. His "Zero de Conduite" is one of the greatest films about childhood ever made.

Los Angeles' own Flicker Alley has put out "Landmarks of Early Soviet Film," a four-disc collection of eight rarely seen Russian films, including "Old and New," Sergei Eisenstein's last silent film, and the very amusing "The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of the Bolsheviks."


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— Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times film critic

Photo: Du Verron stars in "Zero de Conduite," part of "The Complete Jean Vigo" boxed set. Credit: Criterion Collection

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