Thursday, April 5, 2012

Jacques Tati




 Cannes Film Festival 1958, Jacques Tati and Alain Bercourt walk towards the Carlton Hotel, Henri Cartier-Bresson

I have a crush on the late Jacques Tati, MG first told me about him years ago but I had never seen one of his films.  Fast forward to today and a chat to the Post Master at my local village post office, the conversation was sparked off by all the gorgeous retro film posters advertising Jacques Tati films, which decorate the walls of the tiny post office, the Post Master is a fan.











 "Oh Madame, but you must see his films, I know you are a lady of taste, you will love them". With that kind of flattery from the handsome Post Master, who could resist? Once home I googled him straight away and now I am hooked. I see inspiration from Charlie Chaplin and I see where Peter Sellers got his inspiration from. Below is a clip, but you can see the whole of part one of Mon Oncle here and that will bounce you onto the whole film, if you feel so inclined and get hooked as I did, in fact I whiled away an hour or so watching the entire film on u tube when I was supposed to be working! It's a great comedic insight into post war France. 


12 comments:

  1. My father was a big fan...which introduced me to the world of Tati...

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  2. Oh but this is my favourite film of all time Dash! We watched it at uni, as part of Architecture History. I must say, when we were told we were watching a film I figured my professor must have lost the plot. But as soon as it started, we were all hooked and it became a bit of an obsession to have Tati film nights - to remind ourselves how NOT to practice architecture but also to just laugh, laugh, laugh. The fountain scene/s are a classic!

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  3. Fly, Glamour Drops, I can't believe I have been in France for eleven years and never watched one of his films before!

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  4. "A lady of taste"? who could resist that? But of course, he is right!

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  5. Ah, I am jealous of you, Dash. You have all of his films to discover for the very first time in front of you. Yes, a true genius. We have them all and this makes me really want to watch Playtime tonight--that might be your favorite, we'll see.

    It also delighted me to no end to see my dear friend Virginia from Glamour Drops here and to know she feels the same!

    Gros bisous et bonnes fêtes!

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  6. I love the film posters, you know, I've never watched any of them either - I'll get on it right away.

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  7. I discovered Tati by accident, and fell head over heels...Still love his work. He is one I can watch over and over without getting bored.

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  8. Dash, glad you found Tati.
    I thrust his films upon my elderly mother recently while she was recuperating and she actually thanked me, wants more.
    To answer your question in the sidebar, I accidentally deleted my whole blog, I am in the process of trying to restore it, not so easy.
    X David

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  9. Oh David, you silly thing, glad it's only a matter of that, I was starting to get seriously worried. Hope you manage to restore your blog soon.
    XXX

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  10. Just love this extract Dash, thank you for putting it up. Mon Oncle is one of my favourites along with Jour de Fete!
    xx

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  11. The music at the start of Mon Oncle is guaranteed to make me smile, and the squeeky hausfrau with the wonderful Bauhaus house is sublime. I love all his films, but Mon Oncle has a special place in my memories.

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