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L'Atalante (1934)

Newly married couple Juliette and a ship captain Jean struggle through marriage as they travel on the L'atalante along with the captain's first mate Le père Jules and a cabin boy.

Director:

Jean Vigo

Writers:

Jean Guinée (scenario), Albert Riéra (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dita Parlo ... Juliette
Jean Dasté ... Jean
Gilles Margaritis Gilles Margaritis ... Le camelot (peddler)
Louis Lefebvre Louis Lefebvre ... Le gosse (cabin boy)
Maurice Gilles Maurice Gilles ... Le chef de bureau (office manager)
Raphaël Diligent Raphaël Diligent ... Le trimardeur (tramp / Raspoutine) (as Rafa Diligent)
Michel Simon ... Le père Jules (old Jules)
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Storyline

When Juliette marries Jean, she comes to live with him as he captains a river barge. Besides the two of them, are a cabin boy and the strange old second mate Pere Jules. Soon bored by life on the river, she slips off to see the nightlife when they come to Paris. Angered by this, Jean sets off, leaving Juliette behind. Overcome by grief and longing for his wife, Jean falls into a depression and Pere Jules goes and tries to find Juliette. Written by dlevy1201

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French | Russian

Release Date:

21 June 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'Atalante See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Radio-Cinéma Fidélité Intégrale)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Voted as the 12th greatest film of all time in Sight & Sound's 2012 critic's poll. See more »

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Soundtracks

La Chanson des mariniers
Written by Maurice Jaubert
Lyrics by Charles Dorat (as Charles Goldblatt)
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enchanting

Jean Vigo's 1934 work "L'Atalante" has a very timeless quality about it. It is far more visual than much of the early sound films that were released in America or abroad at the time, and really keeps more with the intensely artistic side of much of the best silent works. My eyes were completely transfixed on the screen the entire time, as I enjoyed the brilliant cinematography and took in the realistic, almost tragic, performances of the leads. Being very low on dialogue, or at least pertinent dialogue, and telling a rather simple story, this film may not be for everyone, but I would certainly highly recommend it for anyone who considers film to be an art form. Sadly Vigo dead within months of the film's release, and could not create any more masterpieces.


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