I think these gross ellipses can also be explained by Vigo’s feverish haste to get at what was essential, and by the state of mind of the filmmaker who has just been given his first chance. He can’t believe it; it’s too good to be true. He shoots the film wondering whether it will ever see the light of day. When he had been merely a spectator, he thought he knew what was good and what was bad. Now that he is a filmmaker he is assailed by doubt. He thinks what what he is doing is too special, too far from the old norms, he wonders whether his film will even be shown.
-François Truffaut The Films in My Life