Jean Vigo

Latalante Jean and Juliette

Looking for any excuse, Landon Palmer and Scott Beggs are using the 2012 Sight & Sound poll results as a reason to take different angles on the best movies of all time. Every week, they’ll discuss another entry in the list, dissecting old favorites from odd angles, discovering movies they haven’t seen before and asking you to join in on the conversation. Of course it helps if you’ve seen the movie because there will be plenty of spoilers. This week, they praise Jean Vigo‘s L’Atalante for existing and inspiring, even though at least one of them (it’s Scott) found it lazy and obtuse. In the #12 movie on the list, a newly married man and woman (Jean Daste and Dita Parlo) make their life on a river barge with a cabin boy and an incredibly creepy old salt called Papa Jules (Michel Simon) . Strangely, floating from port to port is a bit boring for the beautiful bride, and she runs away for the enticements of the big city. But why is it one of the best movies ever?

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