2019 Season

Valentine’s Day Movie – Jean Vigo’s L’Atalante


Join us in the Speakeasy on Valentine’s Day to enjoy perhaps the most romantic film ever made, Jean Vigo’s 1934 L’Atalante. We’ll have Steven’s cookies and shots of Manhattans to celebrate. Free to all.

In Jean Vigo’s hands, an unassuming tale of conjugal love becomes an achingly romantic reverie of desire and hope. Jean (Jean Dasté), a barge captain, marries Juliette (Dita Parlo), an innocent country girl, and the two climb aboard Jean’s boat, the L’Atalante—otherwise populated by an earthy first mate (Michel Simon) and a multitude of mangy cats—and embark on their new life together. Both a surprisingly erotic idyll and a clear-eyed meditation on love, L’Atalante, Vigo’s only feature-length work, is a film like no other.

Roger Ebert’s Review: https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/great-movie-latalante-1934