vintage black and white silent film drowning man L'Atalante 1934 Jean Vigo
vintage black and white silent film drowning man L'Atalante 1934 Jean Vigo

Silent Romance

Jean Vigo's L'Atalante (1934) is a silent film that tells a love story of a newly married couple who ended up fighting, misunderstanding and breaking up the relationship, during their honeymoon.

A barge captain of a boat named L’Atalante marries a village girl who doesn’t know anything about the town, which is the reason that she is so curious of cities, especially Paris. When she goes to Paris alone, she had to face a lot of problems.

Both husband and wife realize their mistake and want to reconcile their relationship, which is a very interesting, funny and touching story.

Highly influential to French new wave film directors, this film feels so fresh, romantic, poignant and mesmerizing.

Vigo had given almost his full potential to make it since he was ill during the shooting, but he didn’t care, thinking that he had less time. He died at 29 from tuberculosis.

POTD 20190719 | Still from a film by Jean Vigo


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