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As poetic as it is realistic, Jean Vigo's L'Atalante passionately deals with relevant themes through the story of two star-crossed lovers. Read critic reviews

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Capricious small-town girl Juliette (Dita Parlo) and barge captain Jean (Jean Dasté) marry after a whirlwind courtship, and she comes to live aboard his boat, L'Atalante. As they make their way down the Seine, Jean grows weary of Juliette's flirtations with his all-male crew, and Juliette longs to escape the monotony of the boat and experience the excitement of a big city. When she steals away to Paris by herself, her husband begins to think their marriage was a mistake.

Cast & Crew

Jean Dasté
Jean
Michel Simon
Le père Jules
Raphaël Diligent
Raspoutine, le batelier
Maurice Jaubert
Original Music
Boris Kaufman
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Jean Vigo
Director
Jean Vigo
Writer (Dialogue)
Jean Guinee
Writer
Albert Riera
Writer (Dialogue)
Jean-Paul Alphen
Cinematographer
Louis Berger
Cinematographer
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Critic Reviews for L'Atalante

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  • Oct 07, 2012
    A lovely movie with a very likeable performance from Michel Simon. It's a shame Vigo died not too long after completing this film (he was only 29), he could have become one of the early masters of cinema history.
    Hugo S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 28, 2011
    A young barge skipper brings his new wife to live on board the ship L'atalante with him; confined to the boat, she grows bored, leading to domestic tragedy. Simple and charming, with comic relief and memorable, poetic shots; a minor classic, though fans of sentimental romances will consider it a must see title in the genre.
    Greg S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 08, 2011
    A landmark French film and what is considered one of the greatest films of all time, L'Atalante is a masterpiece and shows the talent of Jean Vigo, as it is his crowning achievement. Jean Vigo died making this film due to his poor health and many believe, he in a sense died for cinema itself. What can be said with certainty though, is that the film is a visual masterpiece that is a love story, albeit darker than most in tone, but a poetic and wonderfully filmed piece of cinema that has inspired an untold numbers of Directors! Another essential film to view and as Jean Vigo's only full length feature, a piece of the man and his vision that can be cherished and appreciated decades after his death. This is most definitely a piece of cinema history and is wonderful!
    Chris B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 03, 2010
    I barely remember this movie, I didn't see the whole thing, I'll have to watch it again sometime.
    Aj V Super Reviewer

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