L'Atalante Reviews

October 4, 2018
"L'Atalante" is about how the world, in its wonder and cruelty, is both for and against lovers, often dizzyingly so.
July 24, 2007
A major inspiration to subsequent generations of filmmakers, yet no one has ever succeeded in matching it.
June 24, 2006
Originally released in 1934, Jean Vigo's first and only full-length feature is one of the cinema's greatest masterpieces.
May 20, 2003
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.
January 1, 2000
Rapt, exuberant and as fragile as mist, this passionate tone poem drifts in its own bubble of oddly dissonant, almost fatalistic romanticism.
January 1, 2000
It is on many lists of the greatest films, a distinction that obscures how down to earth it is, how direct in its story of a new marriage off to a shaky start.
January 1, 2000
There is much playfulness and poetry, such visual riches.
January 1, 2000
L'Atalante is the world in springtime -- a place where shimmering reflections, smoky breezes, empty streets, and a free-floating sense of erotic energy are the essence of life and of movies.