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The Guardian has exclusively debuted a rare early short from comedy maestro Jacques Tati, 1947's "The School for Postmen." As usual, the French auteur writes, directs and stars in this witty 16-minute film brimming with the kind of subtly orchestrated slapstick that would come to define his career, from "M. Hulot's Holiday" to "Playtime." "School for Postmen," which is the precursor to Tati's 1949 debut feature "Jour du Fete," can also be seen in glorious Blu-ray on Criterion's heaven-sent Tati box set, which hits shelves October 28. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Director: Jacques Tati
Starring: Jacques Tati
Running Time: Tbc
What can be said about the legend that is Jacques Tati which has yet to be said? Throughout his career Tati created a series of exceptional comedic adventures which also captured his very French spirit as well as often giving us a slice of light yet powerful social commentary. This astonishing collection brings together 6 of the writer/director/actor’s most iconic features as well as a disc containing his exemplary short films.
Tati’s films mostly provide a masterclass in visual comedy. Tati was a man just vacating the silent era and so often put dialogue behind the aesthetics and scene construction. This wasn’t always the case though, and Tati was also very adept at writing quaint and memorable exchanges, as evidenced in The Big Day.
Tati was also an accomplished comedic actor and invented one of cinema’s greatest creations, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Criterion has released their annual New Year teaser image hinting at titles we can expect from the boutique distributor over the course of the new year and the most easily recognizable titles include David Cronenberg's Scanners, an upgraded version of Peter Weir's Picnic at Hanging Rock, Howard Hawks' Red River and a box set celebrating Jacques Tati's Monsieur Hulot, which would seem to suggest Blu-ray editions of Mr. Hulot's Holiday and Mon Oncle. I'd say we may be able to expect Daniel Petrie's A Raisin in the Sun and I can't tell if the deer in the bushes suggest The Deer Hunter or not. The beatles in the grass could suggest Richard Lester's A Hard Day's Night and the girl with the long black hair at the picnic could mean Hideo Nakata's Ringu. The red sun seems almost obviously Terence Young's Red Sun »
- Brad Brevet
3 items from 2014
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