Film - Feature | November 23 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Jean Vigos only full-length feature is a poetic masterpiece on the theme of passionate love. In telling of a young barge captain and his peasant bride in their first days together on his barge, and of their separation when she sneaks off to Paris, LAtalante surprises realism with surrealism, much as Jean is surprised by his wifes desire. Shot against a backdrop of the Parisian canals, the film anticipates the methods of neorealism by almost fifteen years, particularly in the acting. Michel Simon as the grisly, tattooed Père Jules, and Dita Parlo as the bride Juliette, are unforgettable.
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