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L'Atalante
(1934)
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Stars: Jean Dasté, Dita Parlo, Michel Simon, Louis Lefebvre
Director: Jean Vigo
Writer: Jean Guinée, Albert Riéra
Language: English
Studio: Artificial Eye
Duration: 82
Rated: NR
DVD Release: April 2003

The most acclaimed (and sentimental) film in Jean Vigo's short career. L'Atalante is the name of the barge owned by Jean (Jean Daste), who marries the lovely Juliette (Dita Parlo) at the film's beginning. Juliette comes to live aboard the barge, for Jean makes his living on the Seine. The arrival of a woman on board disrupts the small crew, but they do their best to make her welcome. The solitude and boredom soon take their toll on Juliette, so Jean brings her ashore for a night at a cafe in Paris. He becomes jealous of a flirtation between Juliette and a peddler, and when she leaves the ship again later, Jean casts off from the port. This dark love story is also peppered with hallucinations and unusual camerawork. A restored version was made available in 1990.
Originally released by Gaumont.


Michel SimonLe père Jules
Dita ParloJuliette
Jean DastéJean
Gilles MargaritisLe camelot
Louis LefebvreLe gosse
Maurice GillesLe chef de bureau
Raphaël DiligentRaspoutine, le batelier (as Rafa Diligent)
Boris KaufmanCinematographer
Jean-Paul AlphenCinematographer
Louis BergerCinematographer
Louis ChavanceEditor
Maurice JaubertComposer
Francis JourdainArt Director
Jean Daste'
Genre: French
Media: DVD
Sound: Dolby Digital 1.0
IMDb: 0024844