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Jour de Fete (1949)

Jour de fête (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy | 11 May 1949 (France)
Once a year the fair comes for one day to the little town 'Sainte-Severe-sur-Indre'. All inhabitants are scoffing at Francois, the postman, what he seems not to recognize. The rising of the... See full summary »

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Guy Decomble ...
Roger
Paul Frankeur ...
Marcel
Santa Relli ...
Germaine
Maine Vallée ...
Jeannette
Robert Balpo ...
Le châtelain
Delcassan ...
La commère
Jacques Beauvais ...
Le cafetier (as Beauvais)
Roger Rafal ...
Le coiffeur
Alexandre Wirtz
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Once a year the fair comes for one day to the little town 'Sainte-Severe-sur-Indre'. All inhabitants are scoffing at Francois, the postman, what he seems not to recognize. The rising of the flagstaff under his direction nearly leads into a catastrophy - but everybody tells him, how important his work is. Sneering up Francois continues in the evening of the festive day. Made drunk, some 'friends' persuade him to watch a short-movie in a tent. This film is a stunt-show, covered as 'The modern delivery-techniques of the US-post. Francois takes it serious, not recognizing being teased. Next day, after getting sober in a goods wagon, he reorganizes his own delivery-methods. He has not the equipment, as his ideals in the short-movie have, but using only his bicycle, he makes good, funny progresses. Written by Christian Wenger <wenger@ls7.informatik.uni-dortmund.de>

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| (Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema) | (1960) | (restored)

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(original release)| (Thomsoncolor) (alternate version, first released after restoration in 1995)

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The movie was originally filmed in Thomson-color, a process that became extinct before prints of the film could be shown and was previously only available in a black and white version that was filmed as a precaution, in case the color process was not perfect. In 1995 the color copy was restored and published by Tati's daughter Sophie Tatischeff, and cinematographer François Ede. See more »

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Hilarious
9 April 2001 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

«Jour de fête» is a very funny movie about François (played by Jacques Tati himself), the local postman who want to be as fast as the postmen in America. The camera work is excellent so is the cinematography. Very joyful movie too. The music score is great and it's a good way to show «l'ambiance de fête» that lives in the village.

I really enjoyed that movie. The only little drawback, and it's not really one, it's the regional french dialect used in this movie. I'm french-speaking and even I had some difficulty to understand some of Tati's lines.

8 out of 10.


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