L'Atalante (1934)

The story of a naive young woman who marries a barge captain; who slips away from his boat for the opportunity to explore Paris on her own.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1934
DVD Release Date: April 15, 2003
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

A major inspiration to subsequent generations of filmmakers, yet no one has ever succeeded in matching it.

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A.H. Weiler
New York Times

The action is episodic and diffuse but Michel Simon, as the dour and cat-loving barge hand lends a bit of comic relief to the pallidly poetic proceedings.

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Jack Jones
Little White Lies

An exhibition in technical ingenuity and visual storytelling that was way ahead of its time.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Originally released in 1934, Jean Vigo's first and only full-length feature is one of the cinema's greatest masterpieces.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

There is much playfulness and poetry, such visual riches.

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Peter Bradshaw

L'Atalante manages to be more modern than anything being made today.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

A landmark of French cinema and one of the most beloved film romances.

Hal Hinson
Washington Post

Rapt, exuberant and as fragile as mist, this passionate tone poem drifts in its own bubble of oddly dissonant, almost fatalistic romanticism.

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Kevin Harley
Total Film

Generous tides of life and longing flow through this buoyant masterpiece.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
A young barge skipper brings his new wife to live on board the ship L'atalante with him; confined to the boat, she grows bored, leading to domestic… More
Stella Dallas
a sensuous, poetic love story with exceptional cinematograpy and use of music. shot on location soon after the sound era began, seemingly years ahead of… More
Ken Stachnik
Super cute early French film from Jean Vigo.
danny d
some films from the early 30's like "M", "it happened one night", and "scarface" just hold up well over time and continue… More
Aj V
I barely remember this movie, I didn't see the whole thing, I'll have to watch it again sometime.
William Sleet
When I first saw this at the flics in the 80s I was totally blown away. Along with Jean Vigo's other film, Zero de Conduite, it's one of the most… More