7.4/10
6,440
35 user 59 critic

Jour de Fête (1949)

Jour de fête (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy | 11 May 1949 (France)
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 »

Director:

Jacques Tati
Reviews

Watch Now

From $3.99 (HD) on Prime Video

1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Trafic (1971)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Mr. Hulot drives a recreational vehicle from Paris to Amsterdam in his usual comical, disastrous style.

Director: Jacques Tati
Stars: Jacques Tati, Marcel Fraval, Honoré Bostel
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Monsieur Hulot comes to a beachside hotel for a vacation, where he accidentally (but good-naturedly) causes havoc.

Director: Jacques Tati
Stars: Jacques Tati, Nathalie Pascaud, Micheline Rolla
Mon Oncle (1958)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Monsieur Hulot visits the technology-driven world of his sister, brother-in-law, and nephew, but he can't quite fit into the surroundings.

Director: Jacques Tati
Stars: Jacques Tati, Jean-Pierre Zola, Adrienne Servantie
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

School for Postmen" is a 1947 short film directed and starring Jacques Tati, playing a French postman adamant to prove he can be just as fast as American postmen at delivering mail.

Director: Jacques Tati
Stars: Jacques Tati, Paul Demange
Playtime (1967)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

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.

Director: Jacques Tati
Stars: Jacques Tati, Barbara Dennek, Rita Maiden
Gai dimanche! (1935)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Director: Jacques Berr
Stars: Rhum, Jacques Tati
Forza Bastia (2002)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Directors: Jacques Tati, Sophie Tatischeff
Evening Class (1967)
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Jacques Tati teaches an acting class about the subtleties of certain types of people to a group of eager (but not very talented) students.

Director: Nicolas Ribowski
Stars: Jacques Tati, Alain Fayner, Marc Monjou
Short | Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

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 »

Director: René Clément
Stars: Jacques Tati, Max Martel, Louis Robur
Short | Comedy | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

An amateur actor, hen-packed loser, signs unwittingly a contract to fight against professional wrestler.

Director: Charles Barrois
Stars: Jacques Tati, Hélène Pépée, Rhum
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

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 »

Director: Sophie Tatischeff
Stars: Dominique Lavanant, Dédé, Gilberte Géniat
Animation | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A French illusionist finds himself out of work and travels to Scotland, where he meets a young woman. Their ensuing adventure changes both their lives forever.

Director: Sylvain Chomet
Stars: Jean-Claude Donda, Eilidh Rankin, Duncan MacNeil
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Guy Decomble Guy Decomble ... Roger
Paul Frankeur ... Marcel
Santa Relli ... Germaine
Maine Vallée Maine Vallée ... Jeannette
Delcassan Delcassan ... La commère
Roger Rafal Roger Rafal ... Le coiffeur
Jacques Beauvais Jacques Beauvais ... Le cafetier (as Beauvais)
Alexandre Wirtz Alexandre Wirtz
Edit

Storyline

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 <wenger@ls7.informatik.uni-dortmund.de>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

11 May 1949 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Jour de Fête See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Cady Films,Panoramic Films See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema) | (1960) | (restored) | (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (original release)| Color (Thomsoncolor) (alternate version, first released after restoration in 1995)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Many of the gags in this movie were previously used nearly identically in The School for Postmen (1947). 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 »

Alternate Versions

In 1961 version, actress doesn't appear on the opening credits, but the actor is added. See more »

Connections

Referenced in L'illusionniste (2010) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Gentle, sharp-eyed, teeming with life
7 June 2007 | by jonathan-577See all my reviews

This first, non-Hulot comedy feature by France's Tati, who derives from the silent greats and can keep company with them too, centers on his gangly bicycling postman Francois, mingling with the many and varied denizens of a tiny, ancient French village. When the carnival comes to town, a tent cinema shows a movie of the hilariously high-tech, high-speed, muscleman American postmen, the insecure Francois first gets very drunk and then is seized with the urge to do his job very, very fast. Gentle, sharp-eyed, teeming with life, this isn't even regarded as one of his best, but after trying for years this screening finally brought me around to LOVING Tati. For one thing it's a love letter to bicycles, a sure sell for the surprisingly large Bike Week audience that came out to Cinecycle for this screening. For another thing there are more articulated personalities in this movie than there are in any dozen current releases; EVERYONE is acutely drawn, from the woman in the high window to the recurring character of the buzzing bug. It's a goddam tapestry of humanity, and as a result it's positively moving as well as laugh-out-loud funny. It's also very cinematic in spite of its antiquity, most obviously in some out-of-nowhere colorization, but also in compositions that pay off in a much less rigidly controlled way than any comparable American comedy - the good stuff is often happening in the corner of the frame, like a good Mad comic with a halo.


11 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 35 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed