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Mon Oncle (1958)

Mon oncle (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy | 3 November 1958 (USA)
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Monsieur Hulot visits the technology-driven world of his sister, brother-in-law, and nephew, but he can't quite fit into the surroundings.

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Jacques Tati

Writers:

Jacques Lagrange (artistic collaboration), Jean L'Hôte (artistic collaboration) (as Jean L'Hote) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean-Pierre Zola ... Charles Arpel
Adrienne Servantie ... Madame Arpel
Lucien Frégis Lucien Frégis ... Monsieur Pichard (as Lucien Fregis)
Betty Schneider ... Betty, Landlord's Daughter
Jean-François Martial Jean-François Martial ... Walter (as J.F. Martial)
Dominique Marie ... Neighbor
Yvonne Arnaud Yvonne Arnaud ... Georgette, the Housekeeper
Adelaide Danieli Adelaide Danieli ... Madame Pichard
Alain Bécourt Alain Bécourt ... Gerard Arpel (as Alain Becourt)
Régis Fontenay Régis Fontenay ... Braces Dealer (as Regis Fontenay)
Claude Badolle Claude Badolle ... Flea Market Dealer
Max Martel Max Martel ... Drunken Man
Nicolas Bataille Nicolas Bataille ... Working Man
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Storyline

Monsieur Hulot's brother-in-law is the manager of a factory where plastics are manufactured. His nephew grows up in a house where everything is fully automated and the boy is raised in a similar fashion. To take away the influence of the uncle on his son, his brother-in-law gets Hulot a job in his factory. Written by Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>

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Mr. Hulot Ventures Into Suburbia...And Disrupts...Disassembles...And Demolishes With His Very Subtle Satire See more »

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Country:

France | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

3 November 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mon Oncle See more »

Filming Locations:

Créteil, Val-de-Marne, France See more »

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Budget:

FRF 250,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Having been awarded the Oscar for Best Foreign Film for this film, Jacques Tati was invited to a state reception where he was introduced to French President Charles de Gaulle. As a joke and as a reference to the film, Minister of Culture André Malraux introduced him as "mon oncle". De Gaulle, not realizing who the director was or what film he had made, congratulated him on having a talented nephew. See more »

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When Hulot holds the wire drink holder at the dinner garden party, it is at first closest to his left knee, but in the next cut, closer to his right. See more »

Quotes

Charles Arpel: We could go to the Sexy Club.
Madame Arpel: I prefer Constantino and his nice music.
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The opening credits appear on signs at a construction site. See more »

Alternate Versions

An English version of the movie, that is some 10 minutes shorter with less dialogue, was shot side-by-side with the French version. See more »

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Referenced in Unfaithful (2002) See more »

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Tati's Masterpiece
17 November 2000 | by CHARLIE-89See all my reviews

I only recently discovered the work of Jacques Tati. As a fan of the great movie comedians-auteurs (Chaplin, Keaton, Brooks, Allen), I wanted to see Tati's work. So far, I have only seen PLAYTIME, MR. HULOT'S HOLIDAY and finally, just recently, MON ONCLE. I can easily say MON ONCLE is not only the greatest comedy of Tati, but also one of the finest comedies ever made. It is truly hilarious. I found MR. HULOT'S HOLIDAY to be just a bit slow at times, where I might find myself losing interest for a moment. PLAYTIME was a bit too "mainstream" with many big special effects and so on. But MON ONCLE is simple yet hilarious. For 117 minutes, Tati keeps the viewer in his own world of comedy. The ultra-modern house gadgets were hilarious, making for some very funny sight gags. Tati's Mr. Hulot character belongs in a gallery of great comic film personas, along with Chaplin's Little Tramp, Keaton's Great Stone Face, Allen's neurotic New Yorker, and Brooks' Jewish characterizations. MON ONCLE is also beautifully photographed in color, which adds a lighter touch to the comedy. I've noticed that Tati's films are unlike those of anyone else. The style is all his own.


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