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L'Atalante Reviews

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March 2, 2019
It feels like a lot of offbeat romance films owe a lot to this one. Although nothing necessarily comes close to the tone and imagery Vigo portrays here. The entire thing feels like one wishy-washy dream that wanders back and forth from intoxicating romance to worry and despair. Also ridiculously funny in many parts.
½ November 28, 2018
L'Atalante is the type of movie I love--a simple story told imaginatively. It is ultimately carried by the characters. We understand the young bride's cabin fever and her naive yearning to get out and experience the world, as well as her groom's frustration over her behavior. This simple conflict is thoroughly engaging. And who can forget Jules, the eccentric first mate? Great little film.
½ May 21, 2018
I can easily see how this picture has been an influence on many a great director. It's inventive, dynamic, full of striking shots and deals with the ordinary theme of romance and the contrast of urbanity and rusticity in an extraordinary way that surely changes your perception of how to look on ordinary things from a different point of view.
January 15, 2018
1001 movies to see before you die.
½ August 25, 2017
L'Atalante is another overrated French movie with excellent cinematography, good score and some superb shots and a couple of very memorable, original sequences, but the film is slight in terms of characterization and storytelling and it was mostly boring even for its short runtime.
July 3, 2016
Nicely romantic, beautifully shot, and propelled by entertaining characters (one of whom is an acquired taste), this is a phenomenon of early French sound cinema.
½ March 23, 2015
Michel Simon. Head in the water.
December 26, 2014
It has a few very good scenes, but you have to wait an hour to get it. That is asking too much even to the more patient and dedicated spectator.
September 13, 2014
A milestone of French cinema that unfolds like a poem about two lovers beginning a wobbly marriage.
½ September 7, 2014
Poetic, yet tiring. The Atlantic is one of those films that have inspired and you are humbled by the power of filmmaking that Jean Vigo possessed.
March 20, 2014
A compelling surrealistic statement on romance with an inspired performance from Michel Simon.
February 27, 2014
I can see where the New Wave directors drew their inspiration, the spontaneity and freshness, the scenes which appear to be improvised. Visually it shows cinema coming into its own as an art form though the story of a young woman from a small town marrying a barge captain and thereby experiencing big city life for the first time seems rooted in literary antecedents. This also must be one of the earlier films to prominently feature a lot of cats.
½ February 24, 2014
This film has such an interesting and rich history that I enjoy the pure act of reading about it. Watching the film is also an exhilarating experience as it's such an early example of a lot of what makes films so great today. Jean Vigo is definitely and auteur who died way before his time. It's a damn shame because he would have go on to make some great films!
February 15, 2014
L'Atalante has all the things the critics say it does; the great performances, the poetic romanticism, and beautiful imagery. But it rests on a plot point that is so illogical and brash that it detracts from the film's overall greatness. That's not to detract from Jean Vigo's directorial skill; it's just that his story is not quite up to snuff.
February 11, 2014
Oddly filmed, but complain glove story none the less
Super Reviewer
½ January 22, 2014
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!
November 13, 2013
If there is a film that should receive the label of "master piece", L'Atalante is one of them. It's a must to watch it.
October 20, 2013
I'm not sure about the greatest film ever made, but certainly one of the most poetic.
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