Jacques Tati is considered by many to have been one of the 20th Century’s greatest filmmakers. His ability to captivate audiences with a humour that is almost entirely visual is simply a joy to behold. Packaged here together for the first time, with a host of extra features, are five of Jacques Tati’s most cherished films.
Jour de fête (1949)
A hilarious exposé of the modern obsession of with speed and efficiency, Jacques Tati’s award winning feature début is a dazzling blend of satire and slapstick.
Les Vacances de M. Hulot (1953)
The film that brought Jacques Tati international acclaim also launched his on-screen alter ego: the courteous, well-meaning eternally accident-prone Monsieur Hulot.
Mon Oncle (1958)
Jacques Tati’s third feature is a satirical assault on the twin targets of efficiency and the modern world. Winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film and a Special Prize at Cannes.
Regarded by many as Jacques Tati’s masterpiece, Playtime is a surreal comic vision of mankind’s battle against the overwhelming depersonalisation of modern life.
Tati’s last film sees his return to the boisterous music hall world in which he began his career as a mime artist in the 1930’s. The perfect stage for Tati’s comic genius.
Extras across the five discs include: Interview with filmmaker Richard Lester on Tati:
Playtime feature commentary by film historian Philip Kemp:
Short Documentary ‘Au-delà de Playtime:
Continuity supervisor Sylvette Baudrot on Tati and Playtime:
Director biography and short film about Tati:
Interview with Tati, filmed in London (1977,19 min) :
Original Tati trailers :
Fully illustrated colour booklets containing commissioned sleeve notes, essays and biographies.
Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play.
Five films by legendary French comedian, writer and director Jacques Tati.
In his directorial debut, 'Jour de Fete' (1948), the postman of a sleepy French town (Tati) is inspired to add a little zip into his own delivery route after observing the high-speed efficiency of the American postal service. This coincides with the arrival of the summer fair, and - needless to say - chaos ensues.
In 'Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot' (aka 'Mr Hulot's Holiday') (1953), accident-prone bachelor Monsieur Hulot (Tati) arrives at a seaside resort and unwittingly creates chaos. Nathalie Pascaud and Michelle Rolla co-star.
Tati reprises his role as Hulot in 'Mon Oncle' (1958). Monsieur Hulot lives in a small backstreet dwelling, which contrasts sharply with his brother's excessively modern, suburban lifestyle. Havoc ensues when Hulot goes to work for his brother.
In the third Hulot film, 'Playtime' (1968), Monsieur Hulot and a group of American women tourists travel through Paris, he struggling to keep an appointment, they searching for the romantic Paris of old. Tati's satirical view of modern city life was played out entirely on a vast mobile set, known as 'Tativille', just outside Paris.
'Parade' (1974) is a semi-documentary in which Tati gives a jovial observation of the circus, including the shenanigans that go on behind the scenes of the production.
- Actors Nathalie Pascaud, Michelle Rolla, Barbara Dennek, Valentine Camax, Jacqueline Lecomte, Jacques Tati, Louis Perrault, Karl Kossmayer, Pierre Bramma, Michele Brabo, Pia Colombo, Guy Decomble, Andre Dubois, Valerie Camille, Paul Frankeur, Roger Rafal & Henri