Director: Jean Vigo
Cast: Michel Simon, Dita Parlo, Jean Dasté, Gilles Margaritis, Louis Lefebvre, Raphaël Diligent
France, 1934, 89’, black & white; French with Turkish subtitles
Imagine a film directed from a deathbed, with the director dying shortly after the premier. That’s L’Atalante (eponymous with a character from Greek mythology); it is also one of the most important films of the history of cinema with its poeticism, which also inspired Emir Kusturica’s Underground. In order to break free of life’s monotony, Juliette marries Jean, who operates a steamboat. Old Père Jules makes life on the steamboat particularly difficult. Egged on by a peddler, Juliette runs off to discover Paris. Her husband first gets mad at her, then leaves her, and finally ends up in depression. After a while, Père Jules goes after Juliette, finds her, and together they return to the steamboat.
Pera Museum, in collaboration with Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), is one of the main venues for this year’s 15th Istanbul Biennial from 16 September to 12 November 2017. Through the biennial, we will be sharing detailed information about the artists and the artworks.
Among the most interesting themes in the oeuvre of Prassinos are cypresses, trees, and Turkish landscapes. The cypress woods in Üsküdar he saw every time he stepped out on the terrace of their house in İstanbul or the trees in Petits Champs must have been strong images of childhood for Prassinos.
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