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Any Jacques Tati fans in Smeggyland?

He only made 5 feature films. Four of those were works of comedy genius and the fifth one, Traffic, was patchy but still pretty good.

The middle three - M. Hulot's Holiday, Mon Oncle and Playtime, were comedy gems. They all starred Tati as M. Hulot.
In M. Hulot's Holiday the comedy was based around the traditional French seaside holiday. Mon Oncle's comedy came from the contrast between traditional life and modern life. In Playtime the whole film is set within a modernist city of glass-box architecture, only revealing itself to be Paris through occassional glimpses of the famous Parisian monuments reflected in glass walls and doors.

I reckon they dealt with Jacques Tati's mourning of the passing away of the traditional way of life and its replacement with the inhumanity of the modern world.

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Yeah, I know M Hulots Holiday ( I love the squeaking door) and Mon Oncle

not sure about the others.

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Whirliegig wrote:Yeah, I know M Hulots Holiday ( I love the squeaking door) and Mon Oncle

not sure about the others.


Tati really understood the comedy value of inanimate objects! He really gave them life - they were like actors in his films. He was great with doors - There's the sproingy door in the M. hulot's Holiday restaurant, there's loads of stuff with doors and windows and gates in Mon Oncle - especially the "electronic eye" garage door. There's the silent door on display at the trade fair in Playtime, where the man in charge of the display gets really wound up and storms out through the door, slamming it behind him - but it's silent so he slams it again but it's still silent and he gets no satisfaction from it, and then you realise that slamming is part of what doors are for!
And then there's the fantastic shattering glass door scene in Playtime -

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Moi aussi.... :)

Love those you mentioned but my personal favourite is still 'Jour de FĂȘte'..

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Thanks...

Here he is trying to get home on his bike at the end of the jour de fete, when he's really drunk:


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I love it when he hits the apple tree! Genius. And the running gag with the bee.
Here's some more with the bee, in a colorized version.

I think the film was originally released in black and white with some hand-coloured bits, such as the bunting and flags at the fete. That's the version I know & have on DVD anyway.

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ThinBoy wrote:I love it when he hits the apple tree! Genius. And the running gag with the bee.
Here's some more with the bee, in a colorized version.

I think the film was originally released in black and white with some hand-coloured bits, such as the bunting and flags at the fete. That's the version I know & have on DVD anyway.


I've read it was originally filmed both in black and white and in colour, but because there were no means to develop it at the time in colour, it was released in black and white and little bits were hand-coloured in...

which made it extra nice I think....

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I bought Mr Hulot's holiday for my brother christmas pressie a couple of years back.(he asked me to get it). I had never seen it but wondered if that Mr Bean film that was out a while back was a homage to it?

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In a radio interview Rowan Atkinson said he was influenced by Jacques Tati's films for Mr Bean's Holiday.

Another film that was influence by M. Hulot's Holiday was Tony Hancock's The Punch and Judy Man.

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Whereas Tati himself must surely have been influenced by Charlie Chaplin, Playtime is very reminiscent of Chaplin's Modern Times...

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