Saturday, May 14, 2016

#573 L'atalante

I didn't know anything about this movie before I started watching it, so I had no idea what to expect. I ended up really liking it! It is about this young couple who gets married, he is a boat captain and she wants to get away from her tiny village and see Paris. When they get to Paris, however, the ship's first mate uses this time to see a fortune teller and steal parts for his gramophone, so she never gets to see the sights. So, at their next stop, she leaves the boat to see Paris, and her husband gets so upset that he decides to take off and leave her behind. He immediately regrets this decision, and becomes so depressed that his first mate leaves to find her. This movie has a lot of great scenes, including the scene with the street peddler who pays so much attention to the wife that the husband gets jealous, and a scene that is surprisingly sexy, considering the time period, where the husband and wife are apart, yet clearly thinking of each other when they are in their beds. I also really liked the nutty first mate character. He was like an overgrown child, with all of his cats and his cabin filled with toys, including his super creepy puppet. He also has a jar with his dead friend's hands in it, and his body is covered with these poorly drawn tattoos. Every scene with him was great to watch.

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