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Jean, the young captain of the barge L'ATALANTE, marries Juliette, a village girl who has never left home before. They sail away together along with a cabin boy and the colorful sailor Pere Jules, played by Michel Simon - in a legendary, uproarious and unpredictable performance forming the very heart of Vigo's magical, anarchic universe. Becoming bored, Juliette slips off the ship to discover the delights of Paris- forcing Jean into heartbreak.
Restored in 2001, this version of the film aims to be as faithful to the original as possible. Viewers can once again enjoy the luminous beauty of Boris Kaufman's evocative cinematography and the marvelous music of Maurice Jaubert in Jean Vigo's triumphant masterpiece as it was meant to be seen.
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For a movie that was all but lost to us, they've has done wonders with the restoration. The aspect ratio is accurate, contrary to what one reviewer says below. Since L'Atalante was made before 1953, it CAN'T be shown in letterbox! Unfortunately, there's slight cropping at the left and top throughout the film, and it's especially notable during the opening titles. French directors of the 1930s regularly had their action overflow the frame, so it's difficult to say how much this cropping affects the rest of the film. There's also slight debris on the print, but that's unavoidable for a film of this age and history. There is also some confusion on the film's running time. The advertised 89 minutes only applies to VHS tapes. The actually film runs about 85 minutes, including the opening and closing titles. However, critics believe that this version (based on an early 1934 print and supplemented with better-quality outtakes) is as close to Vigo's intended vision as we'll ever get. He died before he could oversee a "final cut."
The extras are slim, but worthwhile. There's a filmography for Vigo and 2 galleries (one of posters and one of stills and behind-the-scene photos). Best of all is a short documentary about L'Atalante. It's called "The Making of...Read more ›
The movie has been described as a combination of both surrealism and realism, but in truth Vigo's vision is entirely unique, and the style died with him. The emotional mood is practically labile and often ironic, such as the funeral-like reactions of onlookers to the wedding of the young couple, that opens the story. There are gentley jarring moments scattered about; the images of the later estranged lovers, shots of the two hugging themselves, imagining the other, combined to present a haunting view of romance defies description (obviously) and are unforgettable.
More captivating than the two young leads is Michedl Simon as the first mate. His comedy touches can only be called sublime. The scene when the bride comes to visit his cabin and witness all his wondrous bounty of mechanical diversion is truely one of film's great gems.
The (restored) VHS version of this has remained prohibitively priced. There is no more important film that has waited for it's DVD release. If you haven't had the chance to see it yet, you're in luck.
The cinematography is among the best you'll ever see in your life. Also contains one of the most erotic scenes ever put to film, though no sex is featured. May move you to tears. Essential viewing for film lovers.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
"L'Atalante," (1930), a romantic drama, is one of the lesser known glories of early French cinema, which is a shame, as it is a masterpiece. Read morePublished on January 3, 2012 by Stephanie De Pue
This movie is considered to be one of the best movies ever made, if not the best. It frequently shows up on top ten lists. Read morePublished on November 29, 2010 by Fred Burroughs
L' Atalante (1934), name of the mythical Goddess, specialist in getting away of men, means for Truffaut, one of his ten preferred ones. Read morePublished on January 22, 2008 by Hiram Gòmez Pardo Venezuela
Suberb cinematography, direction, acting, etc. Visually, an absolutely georgeous film. Photographed by the same cameraman who emigrated to Hollywood and did On the Waterfront. Read morePublished on September 10, 2007 by William Cole
I waited until I watched this movie a second time before I decided to review it. I had bought the movie because it was listed on "Sight and Sound's" all-time top ten best movie... Read morePublished on September 4, 2007 by Randy Keehn
A sublime melding of the real and surreal, the deceptively simple plot of Jean Vigo's "L'Atalante" is part of its lasting appeal. Read morePublished on June 20, 2007 by John Farr
Well, I'm halfway decent at French, so when I buy big French classics like this the first thing I take a gander at is the subtitle situation. Read morePublished on May 5, 2007 by Caraculiambro
"People are strange when you are stranger
Faces look ugly when you're alone
Women seem wicked when you are unwanted
Streets are uneven when you are... Read more
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