Detroit Film Theatre


Saturday, March 10, 2012

4:00 PM

(France/1934—directed by Jean Vigo)

Juliette (Dita Parlo) is a newly married bride whose husband Jean (Jean Dasté) is a mate aboard the barge named L’Atalante. Soon disillusioned with her unglamorous life aboard ship, tempted and frustrated by tales of the wonders of Paris – spun magically by cantankerous old first mate Père Jules (Michel Simon) – Juliette makes a break for it when the barge docks. Alone in separate beds, his on the barge and hers in a cheap Parisian hotel, Jean and Juliette toss and turn, utterly confused by the path their lives have taken, while longing restlessly for each other’s familiar bodies. That the satisfying conclusion L’Atalante reaches is, perhaps, predictable, is the least important element of this great work, which might be the most eloquently primal love story ever put on film – the only feature-length movie directed by Jean Vigo, who died as he completed filming at the age of 29. Photographed by the legendary Boris Kaufman (brother of Soviet director Dziga Vertov) with music by Maurice Jaubert. In French with English subtitles. (87 min.)

“May be the greatest film ever made. –Georgia Brown, The Village Voice

“A major inspiration to subsequent generations of filmmakers, yet no one has ever succeeded in matching it.” –Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

“One of the most beautiful and rich celebrations of human connection in the history of cinema.” –Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine

Admission to all films in the "DFT 101" series is free to DIA member members and also free with paid museum admission. You need only show your membership card or admission ticket at the door. 


Saturday, March 10 at 4:00 PM