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L' Atalante

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  • Language: French
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: New Yorker Video
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  • ASIN: B00008OSD5
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #129,591 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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L' Atalante

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but too hard a hype to live up to Sept. 4 2007
By Randy Keehn - Published on
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I waited until I watched this movie a second time before I decided to review it. I had bought the movie because it was listed on "Sight and Sound's" all-time top ten best movie lists. I realized (after watching it the first time) that I had just seen an excellent movie but not one of the greatest movies of all time. I gave it a lot of thought and just let it go. Several years later, I put my movie up for sale on and it went quickly. I decided to watch it one last time before I shipped it off the next day and I enjoyed it again. However, as beautiful a story as it truly is, this is NOT one of the greatest movies of all time.

This is the story of young love (i.e.: innocence). We start with a wedding of barge captain and small-town girl. Everybody follows the couple to the barge expecting a reception of some sort. However, the captain merely signals that it is time to shove off and the wedding guest stand there puzzled with the abrupt end of the celebration. This and many other scenes really do tell an intimate story and it is the sum total of all of these intimate glimpses that have given the movie its' fame. The love story reaches out to us and we smile at times and shudder at other times when the newly weds make the newlywed mistakes. The development of trust and understanding, the assertion of who's boss, the realization that being right is no fun if it means being alone, etc, etc, all come together in a beautiful movie. BUT it's still not one of the greatest movies of all time!!!

My problem was in anticipating something greater than I got. It wasn't the first time nor will it be the last. However, maybe my efforts to tone down the praise will give others a chance to watch it without expectations. I'm sure my review would have been a lot different had I been able to see "L'Atalante" that way.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a cruddy print May 5 2007
By Caraculiambro - Published on
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Well, I'm halfway decent at French, so when I buy big French classics like this the first thing I take a gander at is the subtitle situation. Here, only English is possible, not French or any other language. There are also no dubs into other languages.

Fortunately, however, while the letters of the subtitles are white, the letters sport tiny black borders, allowing them to remain legible even when they appear against a whitish backdrop, such as snow or a bridal dress.

Why doesn't everybody just make yellow subtitles? Sheesh!

Anyhow. The extras are lame: you get to see a gallery of posters for the film and a bevy of still shots.

In short, what you're gettng is essentially the movie in DVD format, but nothing more worth mentioning. Don't be led into thinking this is a revolutionary transfer or anything. I can't see how anyone could feel that way.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top ten and one of a kind. March 20 2003
By Heavy Theta - Published on
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The restoration and theatrical re-release of L'Atalante a decade ago was nothing less than a cinematic event. The movie had been edited to shreds shortly after it's doomed director, Jean Vigo, had presented his original work to an apparently incenced Parisian audience. Just as with Rites of Spring, the Golden Age and Coltrane/Dolphy, the emnity that the work generated from the French audience was strong evidence to the quality and importance of this brilliant piece of avant garde.
The movie has been described as a combination of both surrealism and realism, but in truth Vigo's vision is entirely unique, and the style died with him. The emotional mood is practically labile and often ironic, such as the funeral-like reactions of onlookers to the wedding of the young couple, that opens the story. There are gentley jarring moments scattered about; the images of the later estranged lovers, shots of the two hugging themselves, imagining the other, combined to present a haunting view of romance defies description (obviously) and are unforgettable.
More captivating than the two young leads is Michedl Simon as the first mate. His comedy touches can only be called sublime. The scene when the bride comes to visit his cabin and witness all his wondrous bounty of mechanical diversion is truely one of film's great gems.
The (restored) VHS version of this has remained prohibitively priced. There is no more important film that has waited for it's DVD release. If you haven't had the chance to see it yet, you're in luck.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars five stars for everyone involved Sept. 10 2007
By William Cole - Published on
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Suberb cinematography, direction, acting, etc. Visually, an absolutely georgeous film. Photographed by the same cameraman who emigrated to Hollywood and did On the Waterfront. Great writing and directing. Not a single wasted moment. The acting is everything you could ask for; it's thoroughly "modern." The sound is beautifully integrated into the film, especially for such an early effort in the sound era. And it contains one of the great cinema "sex scenes" of all time...particularly since the male and female leads are miles apart as it takes place! I had been unaccountably unaware of this film until recently....its now one of my top 10 favorite films of all times and places.
5.0 out of 5 stars L'Atalante June 20 2007
By John Farr - Published on
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A sublime melding of the real and surreal, the deceptively simple plot of Jean Vigo's "L'Atalante" is part of its lasting appeal. Life on water is Eden, life on land, temptation, and we instinctively want the sanctity of Jean and Juliette's love upheld. An acknowledged masterpiece, "L'Atalante" still floats gracefully, with actor Michel Simon stealing the picture as Pere Jules, the barge's eccentric, cantankerous first-mate. Sadly, this was the gifted Vigo's only full-length feature; he died shortly after its release, at age 29.