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Jacques Tati: His Life and Art (Panther) [Kindle Edition]

David Bellos
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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The full story of one of France's greatest cinema legends, a clown whose film-making innovation was to turn everyday life into an art form.



Jacques Tati's Monsieur Hulot, unmistakable with his pipe, brolly and striped socks, was a creation of slapstick genius that made audiences around the world laugh at the sheer absurdity of life. This biography charts Tati's rise and fall, from his earliest beginnings as a music hall mime during the Depression, to the success of Jour de Fête and Mon Oncle, to Playtime, the grandiose masterpiece that left the once celebrated director bankrupt and begging for equipment to complete his final films.



Analysing Tati's singular vision, Bellos reveals the intricate staging of his most famous gags and draws upon hitherto inaccessible archives to produce a unique assessment of his work and its context for film lovers and film students alike.


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"[An] outstanding filmmaker biography... Deconstructs the French comedian-auteur as if he were an intricate human clock mechanism, which in some ways he was" (Nigel Andrews Financial Times)

"The best of the year’s biographies...David Bellos examines with perception and style how the creator of Monsieur Hulot staked a legitimate claim in a rapidly changing medium to the mantle once worn by Chaplin and Keaton" (John Coldstream Daily Telegraph)

"Elegantly written and illustrated, brilliantly illuminating about the work... this is a book of which Jacques Tati, who was extremely proud of his work but never thought much of himself, would surely approve" (Margot Norman Literary Review)

"This splendidly illustrated book pays a handsome tribute to a comic creator whose craft was an art which turned a delight in human absurdity into the most accessible form of sanity" (David Coward Times Literary Supplement)

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The fascinating story behind one of France's greatest cinema legends. Bellos's elegantly written, illuminating biography charts the rise and fall of Jacques Tati

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3009 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital; New Ed edition (17 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007TNR0TA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #711,565 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tati's Genius 2 Aug. 2002
Format:Paperback
Bellos's book sends you back to enjoy the brilliance of Tati's films, which are available on video in the UK (but not dvd which is a shame - the US releases have Python Terry Jones enthusing about Tati). I was recently on holiday in Brittany and chanced upon a small town cinema showing the restored version of Tati's classic 1967 film, Playtime - it was stunning. This book is a very readable account of a fascinating Frenchman and a comic genius. Well worth investigating.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An absorbing read 8 Jan. 2001
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Format:Hardcover
I must have read a different book to the previous reviewer! The author is highly complimentary about Tati's movies. He does consider him slow moving, but he was! He suggests that Tati was not an intellectual, but so what? As for vain, I think it is made clear that his vanity arises from his pride over his movies.
Tati comes across quite well in the book. The fact that he was a single minded perfectionist who thought he knew best and did not always give others credit is true of 99% of all film makers.
Do not let this review put you off a well written and absorbing book about one of the 20th centuries greats, who just happened to be human.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An absorbing read 8 Jan. 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
I must have read a different book to the previous reviewer! The author is highly complimentary about Tati's movies. He does consider him slow moving, but he was! He suggests that Tati was not an intellectual, but so what? As for vain, I think it is made clear that his vanity arises from his pride over his movies.
Tati comes across quite well in the book. The fact that he was a single minded perfectionist who thought he knew best and did not always give others credit is true of 99% of all film makers.
Do not let this review put you off a well written and absorbing book about one of the 20th centuries greats, who just happened to be human.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I agree that it'd be best to ignore negative reviews of this book. Yes, the author does have a tendency to sprinkle the narrative with unnecessarily obscure words in a manner that appears to be more concerned with showing off his own intellect than telling the story but it doesn't spoil what is, ultimately, a good read. Tati led an interesting life and that Mr. Bellos tells it in context, giving a potted French history lesson into the bargain, is a bonus. The author also rises to the challenge of evocatively putting into words some of the finest moments from Tati's (almost) silent films, reflecting well the art and the genius of the man.
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