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The School for Postmen (1947)

L'école des facteurs (original title)
School for Postmen" is a 1947 short film directed and starring Jacques Tati, playing a French postman adamant to prove he can be just as fast as American postmen at delivering mail.

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School for Postmen" is a 1947 short film directed and starring Jacques Tati, playing a French postman adamant to prove he can be just as fast as American postmen at delivering mail.

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This short film is featured on the Criterion Collection DVD for Mon Oncle (1958), released in 2001. See more »

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Referenced in Evening Classes (1967) See more »

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Astonishing, brilliant, and as singular as Tati himself
17 June 2004 | by (Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA) – See all my reviews

While I feel that a knowledge of Tati's entire oeuvre would be necessary to comment appropriately on his genius for physical comedy, this short is a fine introduction to the hallmarks of his style.

His gift for physical comedy is underscored by an understanding of the nuance and rhythm of motion, and how it portrays character. Underneath it all is his unfailing warmth for the beauty and simplicity of the human community -- at least the community where our familiarity with our neighbors carries the sweetness and lyricism so lost in the icy excess of the modern...and post-modern.

The scene where he enters a cafe and dances to jazz music, along with a few other couples who happen to be in the cafe, is masterful. The postman's joy in dance, in motion, and, most of all, in the spontaneous, is the stuff of genius.

What's more, it's great entertainment.

You may also marvel and wonder at just how he technically accomplished the shots of the postman's bicycle riding itself. My opinion is that Tati was a remarkable artist and the 20th century was graced by his presence beyond its merit.

Tati did more in less than half an hour here than most film artists will accomplish in their career.


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