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"L'Atalante" is about how the world, in its wonder and cruelty, is both for and against lovers, often dizzyingly so.
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.
L'Atalante manages to be more modern than anything being made today.
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
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.
Super cute early French film from Jean Vigo.
I barely remember this movie, I didn't see the whole thing, I'll have to watch it again sometime.
a sensuous, poetic love story with exceptional cinematograpy and use of music. shot on location soon after the sound era began, seemingly years ahead of it's time, it became a big influence on the french new wave, especially truffaut. dita parlo is very sweet as the tempted wife and i especially loved michel simon as drunken père jules with his cats. this was jean vigo's fourth and last film; he died shortly after it's release at age 29, a great loss to the film world
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