Marina Warner


Non-Fiction Monograph

“L’Atalante” is the work of French director Jean Vigo. It is a study of romantic love, told in a style influenced by surrealism, but still Vigo’s own. This text is part of the “BFI Film Classics” series.

Each volume in the series presents a personal commentary on the film, together with a brief production history and a detailed filmography, notes and bibliography.

Table of contents:

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.

Other editions

First published by British Film Institute, 1993