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Criterion Collection: The Complete Jacques Tati | Blu-ray Review

11 November 2014 1:05 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

With only six feature films to his name, four of which featured his iconic onscreen alter ego, the cinema of Jacques Tati remains an island of unique delight despite his influence on decades of filmmakers since and comparative efforts of peers from his own period (considering Marguerite Duras’ critique, now widely accepted, concerning the taken-for-granted stylistic likeness between Tati and Robert Bresson, a director whose subject matters were a bit less pleasant or comical). Without Tati and his bumbling character Monsieur Hulot, sputtering about memorably in a series of some of the most well-crafted moments of ingenious, highly organized chaos ever put to celluloid, we’d be without latter day influences, like Roy Andersson, Otar Iosseliani, several Peter Sellers characters, and even Rowan Atkinson’s similarly crafted Mr. Bean.

At the time, Tati’s obvious influences date back to the silent era, where Buster Keaton and Charles Chaplin crafted the »

- Nicholas Bell

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Barnes & Noble 50% Off Criterion Sale 2014! Top Titles to Buy!

10 November 2014 9:36 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

It's that time of year again and it's time to update the list for the second half of 2014 as Barnes & Noble has just kicked off their 50% off Criterion sale and as impossible a task as it is to cut things down to just a few titles, I have done my best to break Criterion's titles down into a few categories. Hopefully those looking for box sets, specific directors or what I think are absolute musts will find this makes things a little bit easier. Let's get to it... First Picks I was given the Zatoichi collection for Christmas last year and being a collection that holds 25 films and another disc full of supplementary material it is the absolute definition of a must buy when it comes to the Criterion Collection. It is, once again, on sale for $112.49, half off the Msrp of $224.99, and worth every penny. I spent the entire year going through it. »

- Brad Brevet

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Tati Collection, 'The Vanishing', 'Begin Again', 'Deliver Us from Evil' & More on DVD & Blu-ray This Week

28 October 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The Complete Jacques Tati (Criterion Collection) Every year Criterion seems to put together a collection of films that stands above the rest. Last year it was the Zatoichi collection of films, this year they celebrate Jacques Tati with a collection of his six feature films -- Jour de fecte, Monsieur Hulot's Holiday, Mon oncle, PlayTime, Trafic and Parade -- along with seven Tati-related short films. Unfortunately I was not sent a review copy, but once the Barnes & Noble, 50% off Criterion sale rolls around next month I think I'll have to add this one to my Christmas request list the same way I did with Zatoichi last year. As for my thoughts on the films, I personally love Hulot's Holiday and PlayTime, the latter of which you can read my review of the previous Criterion Blu-ray edition here, though as DVD Beaver has already shown, the transfer on this new release looks much different. »

- Brad Brevet

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Movie Poster of the Week: The Criterion Jacques Tati covers

26 October 2014 9:39 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Ok, so they’re not movie posters, but I’m making an exception for these marvels. The Criterion Collection has fostered many rewarding pairings of illustrators and filmmakers over the years—I’m thinking especially of Adrian Tomine’s Ozus and Daniel Clowes’ Sam Fullers—but the union of David Merveille and Jacques Tati was a match made in heaven long before Criterion commissioned this series of covers for their new box set.

Merveille is a Belgian children’s book illustrator who has been drawing Tati, or rather Monsieur Hulot, for years. In 2006 he published a wordless book of Hulot-inspired scenarios, Le Jacquot de Monsieur Hulot, which was followed by Hello Monsieur Hulot in 2010 and Monsieur Hulot s'expose in 2012. In the preface to the Us edition of Hello Mr Hulot, published last year, he writes that “It was in the year 2004 that I caught Hulot-fever. I had a drawing of »

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Watch: Trailer for Jacques Tati's Newly Restored 'PlayTime'

29 September 2014 8:38 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Criterion will be bringing The Complete Jacques Tati to DVD and Blu-ray on October 28, delivering Tati's six feature films -- Jour de fete, Monsieur Hulot's Holiday, Mon oncle, PlayTime, Trafic and Parade -- as well as seven of his short films. Of that lot, PlayTime, the film many consider to be his masterpiece, has not only received a new 4K digital restoration, but it will be playing the BFI's Southbank as part of a wider Jacques Tati season in November. amz asin="B00LUSUWSQ" size="small"I reviewed the Criterion Blu-ray edition of PlayTime back in August 2009 and wrote of its plot: PlayTime follows Monsieur Hulot played by Tati himself as he makes his way from one setting to the next, but Hulot, this time, is not the main focus of attention. Instead, modern architecture is the theme as it dictates human behavior from straight lines in the film's early »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch: Trailer For Jacques Tati's Restored Masterpiece 'Playtime,' Shot On 70mm

26 September 2014 12:51 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Directors like Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick are notorious for the meticulous manner in which they constructed their films, shooting and reshooting to an incredible extent in order to get exactly what they wanted. But as demanding and thorough as they were, they pale in comparison to the precision of French filmmaker Jacques Tati. He only made a handful of films in his lifetime, with years separating each title as he tweaked and perfected them. His “Playtime,” is getting an official reissue, and there’s a new trailer to mark the occasion. Working from 1949 to 1974, Tati’s total feature output only consists of six movies—“Jour de Fete,” “Mr. Hulot’s Holiday,” “Mon Oncle,” “Trafic,” “Parade” and “Play Time.” Of these, many consider 1967’s “Playtime” to be his true masterpiece. After growing disillusioned with his signature Monsieur Hulot alter ego, nine years elapsed between this film and his previous effort, »

- Brent McKnight

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The Noteworthy: Cinema Scope 60, Remembering Peter von Bagh, Doclisboa '14

25 September 2014 10:51 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

We're mourning the loss of Peter von Bagh along with countless others in the world cinema community. Many are sharing past articles on or by von Bagh. Here's Jonathan Rosenbaum's piece on the man, and his extraordinary film Helsinki, Forever:

"We’ve met at various times in Paris, London, New York, Southern California, Chicago, Helsinki, Sodankylä, and Bologna — and probably in other places as well, although these are the ones I currently remember. The first times were in Paris in the early 1970s, when he looked me up, and it must have been either in San Diego in 1977 or 1978 or in Santa Barbara between 1983 and 1987 that he convinced me to buy a multiregional Vcr. Most likely it was the latter, where I was mainly bored out of my wits apart from my pastime of taping movies from cable TV, and Peter maintained that if we started swapping films through the mail, »

- Notebook

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'La Dolce Vita', Tati, 'The Vanishing' and More Coming to Criterion in October

15 July 2014 3:26 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

The first entry into my "Best Movies" section was Federico Fellini's La Dolce Vita (read my essay here) and after rights to the film were finally decided I speculated as to whether or not Criterion will finally get their hands on the absolute classics. The answer is a resounding Yes as the Blu-ray release of the film has just been announced for October 21 with the following features: New 4K digital restoration by the Film Foundation, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray New visual essay by : : kogonada New interview with filmmaker Lina Wertmuller, who worked as assistant director on the film Scholar David Forgacs discusses the period in Italy's history when the film was made New interview with Italian film journalist Antonello Sarno about the outlandish fashions seen in the film Audio interview with actor Marcello Mastroianni from the early 1960s, conducted by film historian Gideon Bachmann Felliniana, »

- Brad Brevet

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The Complete Jacques Tati Boxset & 'La Dolce Vita' Anchors The Criterion Collection October Releases

15 July 2014 3:17 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

For the most part, The Criterion Collection tends to serve up four or five films each month, and perhaps something in their Eclipse line of down and dirty releases. But this October, they've got stuff coming that's so big, they're keeping the focus where it should be, rather than spreading themselves too thin. First up is "The Complete Jacques Tati," which as the title suggests, will feature his six feature length films — "Jour de fête," "Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday," "Mon oncle," "PlayTime," "Trafic," and "Parade" — along with seven short films as well. Needless to say this has all been beautifully restored, and yes, it will be coming absolutely packed with extras. This thing will be teeming with documentaries, archival interviews, visual essays and much, much, much, more. It's everything you could want as a Tati fan or newcomer alike, so get on it. A bonafide classic, Criterion has finally got their mitts on. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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