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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 »

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Jacques Tati
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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
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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>

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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 »
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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
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Trivia

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

Crazy Credits

Alexandre Wirtz has an actor credit in black and white version only. See more »

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A masterpiece of quiet humour
27 May 2001 | by jwaterworthSee all my reviews

When I first saw this film I couldn't get it out of my head, and put it in my all time top ten. The magic has faded a little, but this remains a classic for its strange mixture of gentle slapstick, sight gags and verbal jokes, and its beautifully atmospheric portrait of French rural life.


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