Jacques Tati

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Jacques Tati
Jacques Tatischeff
BirthplaceLe Pecq, Yvelines, France

Tati, Jacques

(zhäk tätē`), 1907–82, French film writer, director, and actor, b. Jacques Tatischeff. As a semiprofessional rugby player, he entertained his teammates with physical, nonverbal comedy, developing a series of mimes that he then performed in cabarets in London and Paris. He began appearing in short films and, after World War II, he and Fred Orain founded Cady Films (1946), which produced his first feature films, including Jour de Fête (1949, The Big Day), featuring an inept village postman, and Les Vacances de M Hulot (1953, Mr. Hulot's Holiday), which introduced the socially inept and physically awkward M Hulot. He subsequently left Cady Films and started Spectra Films in 1956. His first color film Mon Oncle (1958, My Uncle; Academy Award, best foreign film) featured M Hulot struggling with postwar modernism and consumerism as he tries to build a relationship with his young nephew. Playtime (1967) surrounds M Hulot with a group of American tourists as they try to make sense of life in a sterile, futuristic Paris suburb. The film, which took nine years to complete, eventually led to Spectra Films' liquidation (1974). The Dutch-funded Traffic (1971), has M Hulot as a goofy automobile inventor who takes a gadget-filled camper to an auto show. His last feature, Parade (1974), filmed for Swedish television, is essentially a circus performance with Tati as master of ceremonies.
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The building project is an unacknowledged (and ironic) emulation of French director Jacques Tati who, in preparation for his 1967 film "Play Time," spent vast sums of money to build a life-sized mock-up of a modernist, glass-faced city.
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Turning to Jacques Tati's 1967 film Playtime, and re-viewing it in the context of Le Corbusier's ambitious housing projects, Ben McCann argues that Tati's Paris is actually a failed utopia, a "strident interrogation of the pernicious effects of urbanism and modernity on the rituals and gestures of a city's inhabitants" (199) Given Tati's valorization of the simple pleasures of country life and of unencumbered beach vacations, like those seen in Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot, this could of course be expected.
In 2009 the trademark pipe of the late Jacques Tati, one of France's most enduring comic characters, was replaced with a yellow windmill in a poster campaign.
(Mon, Library Theatre) The Illusionist (PG) Based on an unmade Jacques Tati screenplay, Sylvain Chomet's 50s Edinburgh set animated tale of a washed-up illusionist finding salvation through a young girl's belief in his magic.
Beginning this month and till February 2011, we will pay tribute to the genius of Jacques Tati, who, with 6 movies, made a unique contribution to the history of comic cinema.
Set in 1959, and inspired by a story by the legendary French comedian Jacques Tati, The Illusionist is about a magician trying to make a living during the tail end of the music hall era.
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of Economics, Turkey) provides essays and interviews with French filmmakers whose films span the silent period through the New Wave and beyond: Jean Renoir, Robert Bresson, Jacques Tati, Francois Truffaut, and Eric Rohmer.
"Chaplin is one of my all-time heroes and I also love the poetic whimsicality of Jacques Tati. Ken Dodd in his prime was the most comprehensive and technically accomplished standup I've seen.
Adults who might legitimately prefer Jacques Tati's gentle-hearted "Monsieur Hulot's Holiday" should remember that with Bean, comedy derives from the fact that the hero is far from gentle; he asserts his supposed superiority in every scene.