On the set of Jean Vigo’s L’Atalante.

On the set of Jean Vigo’s L’Atalante.


What was Vigo’s secret? Probably that he lived more intensely than most of us. […] When one of his friends advised him to husband his strength, to hold himself back, Vigo answered that he felt he lacked the time and that he had to give everything right away. It seems likely that Jean Vigo, knowing the game was almost up, was stimulated by this measured time. Behind his camera he must have been in the state of mind Ingmar Bergman referred to when he said, “One must make each film as if it were the last.”

François Truffaut on Jean Vigo (April 26, 1905 – October 5, 1934).

What was Vigo’s secret? Probably that he lived more intensely than most of us. […] When one of his friends advised him to husband his strength, to hold himself back, Vigo answered that he felt he lacked the time and that he had to give everything right away. It seems likely that Jean Vigo, knowing the game was almost up, was stimulated by this measured time. Behind his camera he must have been in the state of mind Ingmar Bergman referred to when he said, “One must make each film as if it were the last.”

François Truffaut on Jean Vigo (April 26, 1905 – October 5, 1934).