L’Atalante (4K Restoration)
New 4K restoration screens as part of our Essential Cinema series.
***Special introduction by Luke Boyce, Creative Director, Shatterglass Studios.***
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, is a film like no other.
L’ATALANTE was restored in 4K in 2017 by Gaumont—in association with Cinémathèque française and The Film Foundation, and with the support of the Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée (CNC)—at L’Immagine Ritrovata and L’Image Retrouvée laboratories from original first-generation nitrate prints preserved by BFI, Cineteca Italiana, and Cinémathèque française. (1934, Jean Vigo, France, French with English subtitles, 89 min, NR, DCP)
“L’ATALANTE is about how the world, in its wonder and cruelty, is both for and against lovers, often dizzyingly so.” — Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times
“Rapt, exuberant and as fragile as mist, this passionate tone poem drifts in its own bubble of oddly dissonant, almost fatalistic romanticism.” — Hal Hinson, Washington Post
“Stands as one of the most beautiful and rich celebrations of human connection in the history of cinema.” — Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
“It is on many lists of the greatest films, a distinction that obscures how down to earth it is, how direct in its story of a new marriage off to a shaky start.” — Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times