Directed by Jean Vigo
The high water mark of
French poetic realism, set on a barge plying the Seine. A young barge captain and his
bride live on a barge with the eccentric Pere Jules (Michel Simon). With Boris Kauffman's
cinematography, which evokes Paris and the Seine with the luminosity of Atget or
Cartier-Bresson, and everyday life full of magical moments like Pere Jules'
"museum" of exotic marvels and the husband's underwater vision of his lost
bride. "May be the greatest film ever made" (Georgia Brown, The Village Voice).
Initially cut by seven minutes, this version is the fully restored, 89-minute cut. With
Dita Parlo, Jean Daste and Michel Simon. French with English subtitles.