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Atalante, L' (Le chaland qui passe) (1934)

Original Title : Atalante, L'
Director : Jean Vigo
Writer : Jean Guinée
Albert Riéra
Jean Vigo
Genre : Comedy
Drama
Country : France
Language : French
Producer : Jacques-Louis Nounez
Music : Maurice Jaubert
Photography : Jean-Paul Alphen
Louis Berger
Boris Kaufman
IMDB ID : 0024844
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Atalante, L' (Le chaland qui passe) (1934) - Jean Vigo
 

Starring

Michel Simon Le père Jules
Dita Parlo Juliette
Jean Dasté Jean
Gilles Margaritis Le camelot
Louis Lefebvre Le gosse
Maurice Gilles Le chef de bureau
Raphaël Diligent Raspoutine, le batelier (as Rafa Diligent
Claude Aveline (uncredited
René Blech Le garçon d'honneur (uncredited
Fanny Clar La mère de Juliette (uncredited
Charles Goldblatt Le voleur (uncredited
Paul Grimault (uncredited
Genya Lozinska (uncredited
Gen Paul L'invité qui boite (uncredited
Jacques Prévert Extra at Station (uncredited
Pierre Prévert Le voyageur pressé (uncredited
Albert Riéra (uncredited
Lou Tchimoukoff (uncredited
 

Plot

When Juliette marries Jean, she comes to live on his ship, on board of which are, besides the two of them, only a cabin boy and the strange old second mate Pere Jules. Soon bored by life on the river, she slips off to see the nightlife when they come to Paris. Angered by this, Jean sets off, leaving Juliette behind. Overcome by grief and longing for his wife, Jean falls into a depression and Pere Jules goes and tries to find Juliette.
 

Comments

I pretty much agree with the quote on the video's box L'Atalante may just be the best film ever made, or at least one of them. I've never seen a more romantic movie. I've hardly ever seen a funnier movie. Only a half a handful of films have captured me so completely, and have affected me so deeply. If you rent this and find it boring, seriously, you give up on trying to understand film. L'Atalante is possibly the easiest and most entertaining bona fide masterpiece (others require a great amount of thought, whereas this film should capture the emotions at the very least, although there is plenty to be thought about afterwards). I'm sick of trying to keep track of what I think are the best ten films I've ever seen. Instead, I think just grouping my favorites in a group labelled "invaluable" is good enough. L'Atalante is certainly invaluable.
 
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