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The most acclaimed (and sentimental) film in Jean Vigo's short career. L'Atalante is the name of the barge owned by Jean (Jean Daste), who marries the lovely Juliette (Dita Parlo) at the film's beginning. Juliette comes to live aboard the barge, for Jean makes his living on the Seine. The arrival of a woman on board disrupts the small crew, but they do their best to make her welcome. The solitude and boredom soon take their toll on Juliette, so Jean brings her ashore for a night at a cafe in
Jan 1, 1934 Wide
Apr 15, 2003
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A major inspiration to subsequent generations of filmmakers, yet no one has ever succeeded in matching it.
Originally released in 1934, Jean Vigo's first and only full-length feature is one of the cinema's greatest masterpieces.
A landmark of French cinema and one of the most beloved film romances.
The action is episodic and diffuse but Michel Simon, as the dour and cat-loving barge hand lends a bit of comic relief to the pallidly poetic proceedings.
Rapt, exuberant and as fragile as mist, this passionate tone poem drifts in its own bubble of oddly dissonant, almost fatalistic romanticism.
An exhibition in technical ingenuity and visual storytelling that was way ahead of its time.
Generous tides of life and longing flow through this buoyant masterpiece.
easily Vigo's most "commercial" film, but it never loses the essence of his more abstract and poetic sensibilities
The film has a weird kind of poetry and beauty about it that is hard -- perhaps impossible -- to describe.
One can't help but mourn the films an even more mature, capable and confident Vigo might have made had not TB cut him down at the tender age of 29
Blending naturalism and surrealism, this is a work of unique poetic power, a masterpiece that anticipated neo-realism by a decade; the fact that it's Vigo sole completed feature doesn't lessen his status as one of the world's greatest filmmakers.
This quiet little French number is a gossamer confection, but for a film of its era, it's gorgeous to look at.
A cine-poem ode to the rhythms of life and love set on a barge travelling along the Seine, Jean Vigo's L'Atalante stands as one of cinema's indisputable masterpieces.
This makes it a film that can be both appreciated by cineastes and enjoyed by anyone looking for a good romance story.
Stands as one of the most beautiful and rich celebrations of human connection in the history of cinema.
This 1934 French classic is a work of enduring poetry that has launched a thousand other movies.
A paean to evanescence and, however paradoxically, an enduring embodiment of the same concept: a wispish film from a short-lived director that has nonetheless been dreamed and re-dreamed, never the same way twice, for almost 70 years.
Hands down one of the most poetic, romantic and sentimental films I have ever seen.
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