L’Atalante (1934)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBBB

France, 1934.  Jean-Louis Nounez.Screenplay by , adaptation and dialogue by , Jean Vigo.  Cinematography by , , .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Ever seen a film that felt like a beautiful dream? Jean Vigo died shortly before completing post-production and never got to give the world more of his extreme talent past this wonderful love story. Dita Parlo is breathtaking as a young maiden who marries a seaman and goes to live with him on his barge. The many places she sees, the adventures she goes on and the colourful people she meets (some of them on the barge itself) make up the film’s bulk, and every bit of it moves with exceptional grace and beauty. Parlo herself was never lovelier, many decades later prompting Madonna to go so far as to name herself after her in her famed book Sex, inspired by Parlo’s role in this film. Don’t pass up a chance to watch it.

The Criterion Collection:  #578

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