Jean Vigo’s L’atalante (1934) 4K Restoration
Even among cinema’s legends, Jean Vigo stands apart. The son of a notorious anarchist, Vigo had a brief but brilliant career making poetic, lightly surrealist films before his life was cut short by tuberculosis at age 29. Like the daring early works of his contemporaries Jean Cocteau and Luis Buñuel, Vigo’s films refused to play by the rules.
In L’Atalante – 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 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, is a film like no other.
Restored in 4K in 2017 by Gaumont in association with Cinémathèque française and The Film Foundation with the support of CNC – Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée at L’Immagine Ritrovata and L’Image Retrouvée laboratories from original first generation nitrate prints preserved by BFI, Cineteca Italiana and Cinémathèque française.
2 Shows Only to see this early cinema masterwork on the big screen!