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Sunday, January 13 | 2 pm
Beautifully restored in 4K, L’Atalante is a landmark of French poetic realist filmmaking, an ecstatic testament to the artistic potential of the sound film, and a perennial candidate for the greatest film of all time. In Jean Vigo’s hands, an unassuming tale of conjugal love becomes an achingly romantic reverie of desire and hope. Jean (Jean Dasté), a barge captain, marries Juliette (Dita Parlo), an innocent country girl, and the two climb aboard Jean’s boat, the L’Atalante—otherwise populated by an earthy first mate (Michel Simon) and a multitude of mangy cats—and embark on their new life together. Both a surprisingly erotic idyll and a clear-eyed meditation on love, L’Atalante, Vigo’s only feature-length work—completed shortly before his tragic death— is a film like no other.
Director Jean Vigo | 1934 | In French and Russian with English subtitles | 89 minutes | NR | 4K DCP