As part of its Summer Film Classics series, the Paramount Theatre will be screening Jean Vigo’s L’Atalante three nights this week, starting tomorrow night.
Vigo’s only feature length work was also his last. A director with one of the shortest yet most influential careers in film history, his mix of visual romanticism and playful poetics helped to create a film language for future generations to come.
L’Atalante tells the story of Juliette, a small town girl who marries Jean, a barge captain. She comes to live on his boat, L’Atalante, accompanied by only a cabin boy and a second mate Pere Jules. But soon her idyllic life proves not so fanciful, and when the couple docks at Paris, she sneaks off to sample the nightlife. Offended by her disobedience, Jean leaves his bride behind, but eventually succumbs to regret. It then comes upon Pere to find the missing Juliette.
The schedule is as follows:
Tues. July 31, 7:15 p.m.
Wed. Aug. 1, 8:20 p.m.
Thurs. Aug. 2, 7:15 p.m.
A hopeful voyage into love, the film will be double billed with Vigo’s Zero de Conduite. Check the Paramount website for more information.