L'Atalante

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L'Atalante

  • 1934 ----- b & w ----- 81 min ----- 16mm
  • (Directed by Jean Vigo; with Jean Daste, Dita Parlo, Michel Simon, Gilles Margaritis) Newlyweds are accompanied on their maiden voyage together down the Seine to Paris by an ageless first mate who has the mementos of a long seafaring life tucked and tumbled in his cabin. The wife's fascination with the sailor's hodge-podge of exotica leads to a relaxed friendship which skirts the edge of seduction. When the couple arrives in Paris, she breaks loose. In their separation, Vigo creates an atmosphere of loneliness, fear, erotic longing, despondency and hallucinatory and actual rediscovery which is timeless. (In French with English subtitles)
  • Topics: (Europe, Motion Pictures: Features, Romance Languages and Literature)