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The Magnificent Tati (2009)

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This documentary traces Jacques Tati's rise from the Parisian Music-Hall stage to his Oscar winning films of the 1950s, the documentary then explains how Tati bet all he had on his fourth ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jacques Tati ... Himself (archive footage)
Frank Black ... Himself
David Bellos David Bellos ... Himself, author of 'Jacques Tati: His Life and Art'
Corinne Soum Corinne Soum ... Herself
Steve Wasson Steve Wasson ... Himself
Stéphane Goudet Stéphane Goudet ... Himself
Michael Kowalski ... Himself
Marie-France Siegler Marie-France Siegler ... Herself
Martine Beugnet Martine Beugnet ... Herself
Mike Mills ... Himself
Ron Mael Ron Mael ... Himself
Russell Mael Russell Mael ... Himself
Macha Makeïeff Macha Makeïeff ... Herself
Sylvain Chomet ... Himself
Ketch Ketch ... Himself, performance artist, Gamarjobat


This documentary traces Jacques Tati's rise from the Parisian Music-Hall stage to his Oscar winning films of the 1950s, the documentary then explains how Tati bet all he had on his fourth film 'PlayTime' and how this mammoth film ended prematurely the career of a genius while also giving the world one of the most beautiful films ever made.

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Release Date:

24 January 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A csodálatos Tati See more »

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Edinburgh, Scotland, UK See more »


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$180,000 (estimated)
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Very Good Job but not Perfect
14 January 2010 | by teresa-galvinSee all my reviews

I am being hard on this film, however I think any film that tries to condense the career of one of the 20th centuries greatest artist into an hour is asking to be criticized. I think 'The Magnificent Tati' is full of wonderful things but it could of said more about Tati the man. It left me feeling distant form Tati the man. I believe to understand any artist one must understand the person first. This film is really entertaining but for me I felt a little let down by the absence of information about Jacques Tati's wife, son and his daughter Sophie, although she is mentioned I would like to know more abut her. I also have heard he had a daughter he never recognized who lived in the UK and he has grandchildren he never recognized, this is all interesting to me and I wish this film would of went into that. Tati was magnificent however I think he was also difficult and not always kind to his film crews. All of these things should be offered in a film that claims to e THE film in an artist. Saying all that I know that those that see this film will go out and watch Tati's films with more informed eyes so I still give it 9 out of 10.

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