(1930, b/w silent) An aerial view of Nice on the French Cote d'Azur opens director/writer Jean Vigo's 25-minute satirical documentary of the city. Surf, palm trees, umbrellas brought out for the tables outside the cafés for the idle rich, who will sit bored and asleep. The camera tilts buildings from lopsided to correct view.
A hydroplane skims the ocean surface. Sailboats, tennis, racecars, chauffeur-driven vehicles. Several differently attired women in succession appear seated in the same chair in the same pose, crossed-legged, the last a nude. Alligators emerge from the surf.
A man's face becomes terribly burned while getting a tan. Living a world apart, dancing swells contrasted with the activities of poorer people, washing clothes in a communal trough; boys playing games, one has disfigured fingers, another a face horribly contorted.
A festival parade with huge figures on floats, participants tossing flowers to the bystanders. Girls dancing, flouncing their dresses, kicking their legs revealingly above the camera. A military march, cemetery crosses; battleships, a funeral procession; medals on a chest of an officer, monuments and tombs. Faces and smokestacks.
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