THEATER 1 Mon, Oct 2, 2023 6:00 PM
THEATER 1 Sun, Oct 8, 2023 2:00 PM
Film Info
Release Year:1934
Production Country:France
Original Language:French
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Jean Vigo
Cast:Michel Simon
Dita Parlo
Jean Dasté
Gilles Margaritis
Louis Lefebvre


A heartbreaking inclusion in this series, Vigo—who passed away due to complications from tuberculosis at age 29—immeasurably influenced both the poetic realism and French New Wave movements. A pioneering and political artist (his short film ZERO FOR CONDUCT was deemed “anti-French” and banned by Parisian authorities), Vigo employed new techniques to tell a story, including an inspired “underwater” sequence that elevate L’ATALANTE’S relatively simple plot about the stormy start to a young couple’s marriage to lyrical and dreamily erotic heights. Regularly included in Sight & Sound’s Greatest Films of All Time poll (coming in 34th in 2022), Vigo’s only feature-length film was called “one of the supreme achievements in the history of cinema” by Jonathan Rosenbaum, and is impossible to watch without mourning the tragically short life of Vigo, whose entire filmography can be watched in fewer than three hours.