4K Digital Restoration
Michel Simon, Dita Parlo, Jean Dasté,
Vigo’s only full-length feature is a poetic masterpiece on the theme of passionate love. In telling the story of a young captain and his peasant bride in their first days together on his barge, and of their separation when she sneaks off to Paris, L’Atalante surprises realism with surrealism, much as Jean is surprised by his wife’s desire. Shot against a backdrop of the Parisian canals, the film anticipates the methods of neorealism by almost fifteen years, particularly in its acting. Michel Simon as the grisly, tattooed Père Jules and Dita Parlo as the bride Juliette are unforgettable.