A boxer is out in the country with his entourage, training for his next fight. Meanwhile, on the farm nearby, Roger is neglecting his chores. As he watches the boxer and his sparring ... See full summary »
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 »
Directed by Jacques Tati's daughter Sophie Tatischeff, Dégustation maison is a thirteen-minute comic short shot in a café in Sainte-Sévère-sur-indre, the same town where Tati's Jour de fête... See full summary »
Monsieur Hulot curiously wanders around a high-tech Paris, paralleling a trip with a group of American tourists. Meanwhile, a nightclub/restaurant prepares its opening night, but it's still under construction.
You can't become an auteur without starting somewhere, and Jacques Tati started, like many a screen comic, in the short subjects. He first appeared on the silver screen in 1932, and by 1934, he was co-writing
In this one: Tati and Rhum de Medrano (he was, like many an aspirational French performer, usually known only by his first name) are a couple of bums who rent a bizarre open motor coach one Sunday, with a scheme to make money by motoring out to the country and offering unwary tourists rides to "the castle" with lunch included.
Although the gags in here will come as no surprise to any fan of comedy, what will surprise many -- if they have not seen Tati's work -- is their pacing. French farce is as fast-paced as any other, and to watch classic gags done at Tati's slow, off-handed, mildly fuddled pace, is .... well, I want to say a revelation, but Tati's work never struck me as particularly comic, but more as nostalgic for an era when people put up with his self-absorbed character as they went along their self-absorbed lives.
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