In 1934 the producer asked Louis Chavance to finish the editing of the movie and re-edit the part already done by Jean Vigo. Cinema owners didnn't like the film as it was and the distributors asked Jacques-Louis Nounez to re-edit the movie. Chavance re-cut the movie from 89 to 67 minutes. Most of the music was removed and the song 'Le Chaland qui passe' was added. The movie was then retitled as Le Chaland Qui Passe, from the song title, and reissued in September 1934 in Paris.
In 1940 the movie was re-edited again: the song 'Le Chaland qui passe' was removed and the title is again 'L'Atalante'
In 1950 Henri Langlois of the Cinematheque Francaise tried to put back the movie with footage from the multiple versions found in the world. The resulting version is 83 minutes long.
The finding of the 1934 Chavance first version in Great-Britain, the archives of Franfilmdis acquired by Gaumont and the interviews with the people who worked on the movie make possible in 1990 what the Gaumont think is the nearest of the idea of Vigo before the first intervention of Louis Chavance. This restores version is 89 minutes long and features an additional 10 minutes introduction.
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