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L'Atalante
 
 
Directed by Jean Vigo, France 1934
84 mins. French dialogue with English sub-titles
 
Summary:
 

Hailed by many critics as one of the greatest films of all time, it is the simple story of a naïve young woman who marries a barge captain, shares their home with an old eccentric and falls out and falls in love again.  However the aesthetic appeal lies in the tension between the surface realism, the delicate surrealism of the landscape and a wonderful dream sequence when the captain tries to see the face of his true love in the water. He attempts to recreate this by dunking his head in a bucket, and failing that, jumping into the river.

 
What the Critics say:
 

"An exhibition in technical ingenuity and visual storytelling that was way ahead of its time."  (Jack Jones - Little White Lies)


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