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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 »

Director:

Jacques Tati
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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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Trivia

After two short films, this was the first feature length film directed by Jacques Tati. See more »

Quotes

François le facteur: I guess I lost my head.
La commère: You mustn't get so worked up.
François le facteur: I wanted to be fast, but the Americans get all the glory.
La commère: Oh, the Americans can do as they please, but they can't make the crops grow any faster. Besides, news is rarely good, so let it take its sweet time.
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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 Delcassan doesn't appear on the opening credits, but the actor Alexandre Wirtz is added. See more »

Connections

Referenced in A Very Long Engagement (2004) 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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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

11 May 1949 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Jour de Fête See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,781
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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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