I am a lifelong Monsieur Hulot fan…
If you were asked to name the one person in film who truly made you laugh, who would it be. Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Groucho Marx? For me the number one visual comedian was and still is Jacques Tati.
Born Jacques Tatischeff in 1907, Tati was a French filmmaker working as comedic actor and director.
After a career playing professional rugby, Tati found success as a mime in French music halls in the late 1930’s before changing direction to become a filmmaker.
In all Tati only made a precious few feature length films, Jour de Fệte (The Big Day), Les Vacances de M. Hulot (Mr. Hulot’s Holiday), for which he was awarded an academy award, nominated for best original screenplay, Mon Oncle (My Uncle), Playtime, Trafic (Traffic) and Parade.
The first film Jour de Fệte, was born out of a short film Tati made called…
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