The Tournees Festival - L'Atalante (1934)

The Tournees Festival
Presented by the Department of Foreign Languages Ashland University
January 14 - 29, 2020 (All films begin at 7 pm)
Ronk Lecture Hall (Schar College of Education)
Free admission for AU students, faculty, staff, and the general public

L’Atalante is one of the foundation stones of French cinema, regularly cited among the top ten films ever made and a source of inspiration for directors ranging from François Truffaut to Leos Carax. Unlike most love stories, Jean Vigo’s only feature-length film begins with a wedding rather than concludes with one, as small-town girl Juliette marries skipper Jean and embarks on the river barge “L’Atalante” with her new husband, his first mate Père Jules, a cabin boy, and a host of unruly cats. The slim narrative focuses on the early exuberance of married life and the first trials as routine settles in, but the lasting power of L’Atalante is in Vigo’s sensual way of rendering his actors’ faces, his poetic images of life on and along the Seine, a gently digressive narrative attuned both to the comedic and dreamlike aspects of daily living, and the combination of gruffness and tenderness that make Michel Simon’s irrepressible performance as Père Jules one of the greatest in screen history.

Support for the Tournees Festival is provided by Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States / Centre National de la Cinématographie et l’Image Animée Campus France USA / Florence Gould Foundation / highbrow entertainment.

Start Date: 
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - 7:00pm

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