L'Atalante (BFI Film Classics 2nd Special edition)
By: Marina Warner (author)Paperback
The last film in Jean Vigo's tragically short career, L'Atalante (1934) was indifferently received at first but has now achieved almost legendary status. Exploring the many ways in which the film's greatness lies not in the story but in the manner of its telling, Marina Warner provides rich analysis of its historical, cultural and biographical contexts to show how Vigo's extraordinary style - as fresh, original and beautiful today as in 1934 - owes something to Surrealism, but is also uniquely his. In this reissued edition, updated with a new foreword and featuring original cover artwork by Richey Beckett, Warner argues that the quality of this luminously strange, poignantly tender and constantly surprising cine-poem has only strengthened in the eighty years since it was made.
MARINA WARNER is a writer of fiction, criticism and history, and Professor of English and Creative Writing at Birkbeck College, University of London, UK. She was made a Dame in 2015 for services to literature and education, and awarded the Holberg Prize by the Norwegian government the same year. Her most recent books include Fly Away Home: Stories (2015), Once Upon a Time: A Short History of Fairy Tale (2014) and Stranger Magic: Charmed States and the Arabian Nights (2011).
Acknowledgements Prologue to the new edition Prologue to the first edition 1. The Wedding 2. At Close Quarters 3. The Barge 4. Dirty Washing 5. The Skirt of Le Pere Jules 6. In the Wunderkammer 7. Vigo and Surrealism 8. The Pedlar 9. The City of Modern Life 10. Love Regained 11. Le Bande a Vigo Notes Credits Bibliography
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