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<<< February 25 - 28, 2010 >>>

Tati Time: A Jacques Tati Retrospective

 

 

This is an Aero Theatre Exclusive!

 

 

Presented in Association with the French Film & TV office, French Embassy, Los Angeles, with the support of Gray Deasy Penner Partners, Los Angeles.

 

A director with a simultaneously delightful and critical view of the 20th century bourgeoisie, Jacques Tati is among the most beloved of French filmmakers. Tati's films are a blend of physical comedy reminiscent of silent-era slapstick, riotous sight gags that incorporate hopelessly new-fangled technology, and hilarious send-ups of modern living - not to mention the presence of the lovable, bumbling hero, Mr. Hulot, who graces most of Tati’s films with his charming social ineptitude. From such classics as M. HULOT'S HOLIDAY to PLAYTIME to the seldom-screened PARADE, Tati proves over and over again that he is a master of capturing the playful disconnect between humans and their surroundings.

 

 

 

Thursday, February 25 - 7:30 PM

Sponsored by Deasy Penner & Partners

In 70mm! PLAYTIME, 1967, Janus Films, 126 min. Dir. Jacques Tati. Monsieur Hulot must contact an American official in Paris, but he gets caught in a tourist invasion and roams around the city with a group of American tourists, causing chaos in his usual manner. In true Tati fashion, we are shown Paris as a stylish maze of mid-century modern architecture filled with the latest technological gadgets. In French with English subtitles. Clip | Buy Tickets

 

Friday, February 26 - 7:30 PM

Double Feature: MON ONCLE, 1958, Janus Films, 117 min. Dir. Jacques Tati. M. Hulot is let loose to discover - in his bumbling yet affable manner - the awkward, comic, and hopelessly new-fangled advances of domestic modernism. As usual, our inept hero is uncomfortable with the more socialized adult species, and finds a playful soulmate in his young nephew. Film Clip

Los Angeles Premiere! THE MAGNIFICENT TATI, 2009, 60 min. Dir. Michael House. This documentary traces Jacques Tati's rise from the Parisian Music-Hall stage to his Oscar winning films of the 1950s, to Tati's ultimate gamble with his fourth film 'PlayTime'. Filled with rare Tati archival footage, television appearances and commentary from an eclectic mix of film historians, animators, rock stars and fans.

Plus, following the feature film: three rare shorts co-written or directed by Tati, all starring Tati: René Clement’s "Soigne ton gauche," 1936, 20 min. Tati’s "School for Postmen" (L’Ecole des facteurs), 1947, 18 min. Nicolas Ribowski’s "Evening Classes" (Cour du soir), 1967, 30 min. In French with English subtitles.

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Saturday, February 27 - 7:30 PM

Double Feature: Restored print! MR. HULOT’S HOLIDAY (LES VACANCES DE MONSIEUR HULOT), 1953, Janus Films, 85 min. Director Jacques Tati’s first film starring Monsieur Hulot finds the irascible Frenchman on vacation in a petite resort town. Hulot attempts to keep his slapstick clumsiness at bay and to blend in with the hilariously habituated bourgeoisie, but with little success. In French with English subtitles.

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THE BIG DAY (JOUR DE FETE), 1949, Janus Films, 79 min. Jacques Tati’s feature debut as director is a priceless showcase for his comedic talents as he plays a mailman attempting to streamline delivery in his small town. He soon finds his attempts at modernization and a coinciding Bastille Day celebration don’t mix. In French with English subtitles.

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Sunday, February 28 – 7:30 PM

Double Feature: TRAFFIC, 1971, Janus Films, 96 min. Jacques Tati reinstates M. Hulot, who is given the assignment of escorting a ridiculously gadget-addled, super-deluxe camper from its French factory to the International Automobile Show in Amsterdam. Of course, a comic set of obstacles, detours and mishaps sets the caravan reeling. In French with English subtitles.

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PARADE, 1974, Janus Films, 84 min. Rarely screened, PARADE is likely the least seen of Jacques Tati's works. Freed from the persona and ancillary mannerisms that he had inhabited onscreen for 20 years, Tati returns to the vibrant pantomiming and giddy clowning of his youth as a music-hall star. In French with English subtitles.

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