• France
  • 1934
  • 89 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • French
  •  

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.

Cast

JeanJean Dasté
JulietteDita Parlo
Père JulesMichel Simon
KidLouis Lefebvre
ShowmanGilles Margaritis
Juliette’s motherFanny Clar
RaspoutineRaphaël Diligent
Manager of the Waterways CompanyMaurice Gilles

Film Essays

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Jean Vigo

By Michael Almereyda August 31, 2011

His films are “sophisticated and jagged, playful and incendiary, innocent and savage.” Learn about the world and work of the great French filmmaker. Read more »


Film Essays

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L’Atalante: Canal Music

By Luc Sante August 31, 2011

Jean Vigo was only twenty-nine when he made his final film, a sensual tale of conjugal love and bodies in motion. Read more »

Clippings


Photo Galleries


Press Notes

Press Notes: Best of 2011

January 13, 2012

It’s the time of year when the list makers do their heavy lifting, looking back over the preceding twelve months and deciding what was best and brightest. We’re happy to report that some of our . . . Read more »


Three Reasons


Press Notes

Press Notes: The Complete Jean Vigo

September 12, 2011

“Minute for minute, there is almost certainly no more influential figure in all of cinema than Jean Vigo,” contends Dennis Lim in his Los Angeles Times review of Criterion’s The Complete Jean . . . Read more »


Posters

Blue Horizon

September 02, 2011

L’Atalante poster, designed by Michel Gondry (1990 French rerelease). Read more »


Video


Film Essays

Currentvigo_thumbnail

Jean Vigo

By Michael Almereyda August 31, 2011

His films are “sophisticated and jagged, playful and incendiary, innocent and savage.” Learn about the world and work of the great French filmmaker. Read more »


Film Essays

Atalante_current_1498_057_thumbnail

L’Atalante: Canal Music

By Luc Sante August 31, 2011

Jean Vigo was only twenty-nine when he made his final film, a sensual tale of conjugal love and bodies in motion. Read more »