Barges -- Drama, Husband and wife -- France -- Drama, Runaway wives -- France -- Drama


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.

Judy Bloch
  • Jean Vigo
  • Albert Riera
Based On
  • a story by Jean Guiné

  • Boris Kaufman
  • Louis Berger
  • French
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • DCP
  • 89 mins
  • Janus Films
Additional Info
  • Restored by Gaumont in association with The Film Foundation and La Cinémathèque Française with the support of Centre National de la Cinématographie. Restoration performed at L’Immagine Ritrovata in Bologna and Paris.

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L'Atalante (review), Time Out New York, Stephen Garrett, 2000

The searchers (review), Village Voice, J. Hoberman, 2000

Young lust (review), SF Weekly, Gregg Rickman, 1999

L'Atalante (distributor materials), New Yorker Films, 1995

L'Atalante (distributor materials), New Yorker Films, 1992

Getting lost, then and now (review), East Bay Express, Kelly Vance, 1991

L'Atalante (program note), Toronto International Film Festival, 1990

L'Atalante (review), Variety, Lenny Borger, 1990

L'Atalante (review), Film Journal International, Ed Kelleher, 1990

L'Atalante (program note), Art Institute of Chicago. Film Center, 1984

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