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

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Not Rated

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Not your average Documentary Film
2 December 2009 | by CameraGirl5See all my reviews

I was expecting a rather boring film when my partner dragged me to the Filmhouse in Edinburgh for this film... I was really surprised to discover it was actually very inspiring. Unlike most documentary exposés on artists that tell you what to think and feel (i.e. BBC4 films) this film lets you into Tati's world and allows you to decide for yourself what to think of Mr.Tati. It was very funny also rather sad but ultimately inspiring. I learned that Tati had guts that few have anymore in the commercial film world - he used his success to make a film that is was so ahead if its time only now is it being appreciated (Playtime) - 40 years after its release. I thought it was interesting that the director avoided big-name stars for interviewees and instead used real artists (i.e. Mike Mills) - just as Tati never used any 'big names' in his own films. Other subtle things in the Doc like no commentary I appreciated. I think this will be a model exposé type of factual film as it is simple and honest while totally entertaining.


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Country:

UK | Finland

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A csodálatos Tati See more »

Filming Locations:

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK See more »

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Budget:

$180,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,800
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