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L'Atalante

5

Juliette marries and moves onto Jeans ship L'Atalante but is it all plain sailing...

Jean Vigo commands heavyweight reverence, but it’s the lightness of his effortlessly rich feature that resonates. Completed in 1934 before Vigo died at 29, L’Atalante makes simplicity a virtue, milking the story of a couple’s (Jean Daste, Dita Parlo) honeymoon on a barge for a meditation on love’s mysterious rhythms.

As our newlyweds struggle with marriage, Vigo pairs realism with romance and illuminates yearning in sublime images of tender eroticism. With moggies and Michel Simon’s sailor adding comic colour, generous tides of life and longing flow through this buoyant masterpiece.

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    • FBBSherris

      Jan 13th 2012, 12:34

      5

      I love this film. If anyone is interested in it treat yourself to Criterion Collection's "The Complete Jean Vigo" DVD or BluRay containing his 4 films he made before his untimely death: http://www.criterion.com/boxsets/819-the-complete-jean-vigo À propos de Nice is my favourite from the collection. A brilliant short silent film with fitting accordion soundtrack that works perfectly against Vigo's imagery of the town Nice.

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