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Le Grand Jacques

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Jacques Tati’s films should be universal,

They have so little dialogue and chat;

Yet, for some, his cinema bewilders,

The satire and comedy fall flat.


Perhaps it is the Frenchness of it all –

A supposed intellectual conceit –

Or maybe it’s down to Monsieur Hulot,

Whom he chose to interpret and repeat.


Is there not a hint of pretentiousness,

Do miming and humour cross cultures well?

Playtime, his famously big budget flop,

Contains no real plot or story to tell.


Or is it that we don’t look hard enough,

So the skill and subtlety go to waste?

His films demand some effort from the viewer;

He is, more than most, acquired as a taste.



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Stephen Gospage

Fri 4th Aug 2023 17:11

I'm sure that's not true, John. If you can find 'Mon Oncle', I think it is his best by some way.

Yes, Pete, that's a great film. I think it's true that since the passing of the New Wave, French films have been somewhat underrated.
I would choose Alain Resnais' 'Hiroshima Mon Amour' as the finest ever made.

And thanks to Tony, Holden, Rudyard and Kevin for liking this.

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Pete (edbreathe)

Thu 3rd Aug 2023 14:23

I just love French films , they are under rated globally.
Full of poetic comment , humour , and the state of mankind , pathos etc
Le Gloir de mon Pere is one of my favourites

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John Botterill

Wed 2nd Aug 2023 07:53

I am culturally barren, as you may have gathered, Stephen 😀 however on your recommendation, I will give Monsieur Tatti a go. 😁

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Stephen Gospage

Wed 2nd Aug 2023 07:06

Thank you, RG. Like you, I enjoy Tati's films (my favourite is Mon Oncle) and I saw Jour de Fete on Talking Pictures, which inspired me to write this.

Having said that, I know that his work often leaves many people (particularly in the English-speaking world) completely cold, and I wonder if, in spite of the lack of dialogue, there isn't some kind of' language barrier' with regard to the humour. I also think that the viewer has to concentrate hard in order to get the most out of his films.

Uilleam - I believe that Tati's Monsieur Hulot was cited as an influence on Mr. Bean.

Thanks to both of you for liking this.

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Uilleam Ó Ceallaigh

Wed 2nd Aug 2023 06:08

Is there something of Tati's characters in Rowan Atkinson's "Mr Bean" ?😏

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Reggie's Ghost

Tue 1st Aug 2023 15:59

I am a Jacques Tati fan ever since the BBC featured the films one a day at around 6am during Christmas week about 20 years ago. I subsequently book his DVD box set.

Jour de Fête appeared on a minor channel Talking Pictures a few days ago.

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