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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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"[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: #659,942 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
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 12 Sep 2013
By hartrob
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Very detailed and readable, an ideal primer for those who enjoy the talent of Jacques Tati and highly recommended to all.
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8 of 11 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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