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 ...
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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 partners at work, Roger starts to fantasize about being a boxer himself. Then, when none of the boxer's sparring partners can continue, he is asked to fill in, although he doesn't know anything about how to box.Written by
Tati and Clement Intersect.... and never Really Diverge Again
Rene Clement as a comedy director? Yes indeed, because even as singular a talent as Clement had to direct something early on, and here he is, directing Jacques Tati as a farm hand working where a boxer is training, and all the sparring partners are unconscious. So when the trainer spots Tati shadow-boxing with himself, he tosses the young dope to the champ.
It doesn't look anything like what you'd expect a film from Clement to look like, and it doesn't look anything like what you'd expect a film with Tati to look like.... except for the young kids running around the farm, playing at being newsreel cameramen and shooting what looks interesting to them.... and which you need to think about for a few seconds before you realize that, yes, that makes sense..... and that makes it pretty much the earliest film by Tati in which his auctorial voice begins to be heard: a nostalgia for a world that never really existed, in which Hulot wanders happily across the shore, or leads a pack of wild dogs through the streets .... and that links to some of Clement's more singular works, like JEUX INTERDIT and LE MURA DI MALAPAGA. in which people long for a little compassion.
It's odd how two artists can explore the same themes in such different ways.... and how nobody notices when their paths cross.
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