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Mon Oncle [VHS] [1958]

Jacques Tati , Jean-Pierre Zola , Jacques Tati    Universal, suitable for all   VHS Tape
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jacques Tati, Jean-Pierre Zola, Adrienne Servantie, Lucien Frégis, Betty Schneider
  • Directors: Jacques Tati
  • Writers: Jacques Tati, Jacques Lagrange, Jean L'Hôte
  • Producers: Jacques Tati, Alain Térouanne, Fred Orain, Louis Dolivet
  • Format: Dubbed, Colour, Full Screen, Mono, PAL
  • Language: French
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Connoisseur
  • VHS Release Date: 24 Jan 2000
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CJKR
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 189,098 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A comic masterpiece from director-star Jacques Tati (Playtime, Traffic), this 1958 film--Tati's first in colour--reprises the carefree, oblivious title character from the director's hilarious international hit Mr. Hulot's Holiday. This time, the story finds Hulot, a self-involved twit on a constant collision with the physical world, grappling with 1950s-style progress. Visiting his sister and brother-in-law in their ultra-progressive household full of noisy gadgets and futuristic decor, Hulot inevitably has dust-ups with modernity, each one exceptionally funny. Taking a page from Buster Keaton's play book, Tati also employs his trademark techniques with sound and production design to achieve the indefinable, comic genius of his films: the rhythmic clacking of footsteps, the cartoon-panel distance of his camera frame from the heart of the action. (Why are funny things funnierwhen seen from a few extra feet away?) Tati is one of the cinema's great treasures, and Mon Oncle is unforgettable. --Tom Keogh

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English dubbed version

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Uncle! 25 Jan 2006
Golly, this is good! Tati takes M. Hulot from the seaside (M. Hulot's Holdiday', his earlier masterpiece) to the city,
where he's one of a troupe of highly-eccentric characters whose fantasies and foibles are explored in minute and hilarious fashion. Hulot (circa 1950s.),a descendant of Chaplin and Keaton, reincarnated recently as the absurd Mr. Bean.
There is no plot to speak of, rather a sequence of glimpses into the self-absorbed silliness of a businessman and his wife who inhabit a recently-assembled super-modern 'maison' complete with an endless supply of dysfunctional mod-cons. Much of the humour is sound-related. Everything buzzes and clacks. Everything is super-stylish and utterly useless. I took it as a satire on industrial civilisation, with utilitarianism displacing all that's natural.
A pack of stray dogs join in the fun, sniffing and pissing everywhere, as personal and fascinating as their human counterparts. The humour is wry and light. I regularly laughed out loud. I saw my own foibles (not to mention those of my friends and family) magnified in excruciating detail.
The depth of insight is extraordinary, the camera-work always perfect, and the boulevardian musical score entrancing and unforgettable.
This is a timeless masterpiece.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A treat long awaited 27 Nov 2004
By peterpb
I have grown up with this film, as my father loved it, and his father before, and have been waiting for it to be released on DVD for ages. In Mon Oncle Jaques Tati created a very funny film (in places), a very French film, but above all a film that to me is a statement about life itself. Sometimes the action can be slow, but sometimes life is slow, and you have to wait for the payoff. And when that payoff comes, in Mon Oncle it's amongst the best cinematic moments ever, such as Tati testing the coffee maker for bounciness in his brother's hi-tec 50's kitchen. I will always treasure my Grandad belly laughing at the young boys tricking passers by into the lamp post - this film is like a personal treasure for me, and if it may not have the speed and pace of modern comedies, it has a huge wit, and a feeling of timelessness that will make it a classic forever.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's About Us 8 Oct 2005
Jacques Tati's "Mon Oncle" astonished me by its fresh attitude. I saw this film for the first time in 2001, yet it feels as if I'd known it much longer. I adore its backgrounds - that's why you need to watch it at least twice - once to grasp the idea what's in the foreground, twice to notice the background, ever-walking workers with sausage-like plastic tubes among others. It's as much a film as a painting. I watched it again a week ago - and, sadly, it's still funny in 2005, and the laugh is on us - we love electronic devices around, we cherish high-tech kitchens and offices, yet sometimes we can't find our own self.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Class comedy (on various levels!) 12 Jun 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I studied this at University, and I am so glad to my tutors for introducing me to Tati. This is a comic masterpiece, taking in physical jokes, sight gags and digs at the class divide in 1950s France. Guffaw at Hulot's ineptitude at putting things away in a 'modern' kitchen! Bust a gut as the mother and father get each other trapped in the garage! Snigger at the comic snobbishness of the neighbours and the girl who wants to by Marilyn Monroe! Seriously, if you've seen Les Vacances de M. Hulot, you must check this out, as it's more of the same brilliantly timed comedy. I'm going to show it to my classes at school!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
In this classic movie from 1958, Tati plays his usual character Mr. Hulot. He lives in an old, rundown part of town, while her sister, married to the manager of a plastics factory, has a shiny futuristic house in the suburbs, with a lot of goofy gadgets. (Of course, what was presumed to be the future in the 50s wasn't always what it turned out to be, and that sort of retro futurism is fun). The movie has very little dialogue, a silent-movie like musical score, and a number of gags involving Hulot being utterly confused by the modern gadgets in her sister's house (though, to be fair, few of those gags are laugh-out-loud funny). Actually, what I found even more fascinating than the retro futurism in Mon Oncle, watching it now, is the look of the old part of town where Hulot lives (we see the France of the 20s and 30s, still existing in 1958, but soon to be razed down, as it has been seldom been shown on color film). And if Tati wanted to say that the old France was more humane than the new, ugly, futuristic France shown in the movie, well, he has my vote.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tati's best film! 20 Oct 2009
I first saw this film when I was about six years old and watching it again, many decades later, much of it comes back to me: the clicking of the high heels, the fountain, the little dogs, the futuristic architecture and the extraordinary quirkiness. It has lost none of its charm and is as entertaining, original and memorable as ever. A deserved classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars still as fresh as when it was made 3 Oct 2009
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We saw a revived version of "Les Vacances de M. Hulot" and had forgotten how funny it was. I had never seen "Mon Oncle" Perhaps it isnt quite so good as Les Vacances but it is still a brilliant film.The inconsequential humour is splendid. There's no plot to speak of but it doesnt matter - and you dont need much if any French as it is mostly visual comedy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mon oncle
I ordered this film because I've seen it before - a long time ago and I love it. It's a wonderful story about the friendship between an uncle and his cousin. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Marion Breed-Houting
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I bought it as one of the few options to acquire a copy of "Ecole des Facteurs". The version of Mon Oncle is not complete from my initial viewing of it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by hartrob
4.0 out of 5 stars Mon Oncle (1958
This is an old film from my youth.(fifty years ago) It still had its old attraction.
Thank goodness for DVDs!
Published 8 months ago by David E Buscall
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
I received my package in tip top condition and it is among my best buys of all time, thank you.
Published 9 months ago by mary hetherington
5.0 out of 5 stars my favorite one
i've enjoyed the world of Jacques Tati a lot.
I'm now going to buy Tati's DVD set whose price is such reasonable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Uncle
Silence can speak volumes, add in Mr Hulot and a brother with a 'modern electric' house and a cheeky nephew and just watch the hi-jinks ensue. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Euqinu
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Fantastic Jacques! What else is there to add.
Only if you have never watched JT, I recommend do. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars What can I say?
This is a lovely classic. Next to no dialogue but it isn't needed. I keep saying to my husband that he is the Jacques Tati character as he always has to mess with things just... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mrs. A. Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Hulot at his best
Jacques Tati was a clown and "Mon Oncle" or "My Uncle" his appotheose.

A very good film and I can't forget the sleeping sofa ! ^_^
Published 15 months ago by zorglub 2A
3.0 out of 5 stars Mon Oncle
I have been a Jacques Tati fan for many years but of all his films nothing really compares to Les Vacances de M.Hulot. Read more
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