Jour de Fete (1949)
"Jour de fête" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Comedy  |  11 May 1949 (France)
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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... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
François, le facteur
Guy Decomble ...
Paul Frankeur ...
Santa Relli ...
Maine Vallée ...
Robert Balpo ...
Le châtelain
Delcassan ...
La commère
Jacques Beauvais ...
Le cafetier (as Beauvais)
Roger Rafal ...
Le coiffeur
Alexandre Wirtz


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 <>

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11 May 1949 (France)  »

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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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1.37 : 1
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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 »

Crazy Credits

The bicycle used by Francois gets a mention in the opening credits, along with the featured players: Peugeot model 1911. See more »


Remake of The School for Postmen (1947) See more »

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The bicycle as ideal transport
2 January 2003 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

You see the upcoming problems of traffic in this little village just after the war, I guess somewhere in Normandy where the bicycle of François the postman can drive from village to village. Some cars were driven really dangerously because nobody was conscious of the danger of accidents and some people drove to fast through the villages where everybody still lived on the street: the dogs as well as the chickens as the gooses as the elder people. When François gets drunk he enters the local café and stands in two seconds at the window of the first floor! The movie is full of gags that are inspired by Buster Keaton but absolutely original. The people he has to deliver the letters, peasants and habitants of the village shout at him: "A l'Americaine" which means fast and efficient but one of them also comments that he just should deliver the letters and that this is already quite an accomplishment. And yes, in Belgium postmen are now checked on maximum 9 seconds for delivering a letter. There also calculations to make another tariff for delivering letters in places far away. Jacques Tati is unsurpassed as a French comic and he has a very special place in history of French cinema not to be compared with anyone else.

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