L’Atalante

L’Atalante


Newlyweds Jean (Jean Dasté) and Juliette (Dita Parlo) live aboard the canal barge L’Atalante that Jean captains with two other crew. River life soon loses its appeal for Juliette who goes in search of excitement when they dock in Paris.  Jean, angered by this departs without his wife but soon returns. Vigo, the son of an anarchist, creates a captivating aesthetic with contrast on screen between surface realism (working class hardships) and the surreal landscapes. Vigo’s classic film was a forerunner to the French New Wave, utilising a discontinuous style, and remains a celebrated film to this day, often appearing in ‘best films of all time’ lists (eg Sight and Sound).

 

 

L’Atalante

  • Director: Jean Vigo
  • Year: 1934
  • Run Time: 89 mins
  • Format: 35mm
  • Country: France
  • Rating: G