Jacques Tati: Comedy as Choreography

October 25–November 30, 2019

Revel in the modernist comedy of Jacques Tati—both his slapstick exploits as Monsieur Hulot and his astonishing talent behind the camera.

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  • Traffic

  • Playtime

  • My Uncle

  • Jour de fête

  • M. Hulot's Holiday

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  • Playtime

    Jacques Tati
    France, Italy, 1967
    • Friday, October 25 7 PM
    • Saturday, November 30 4 PM

    Tati’s vision of sixties Paris is “perhaps the most madly modernistic work of anti-modernism in the history of cinema” (New Yorker). Jonathan Rosenbaum called it one of the ten greatest films of all time.

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  • M. Hulot's Holiday

    Jacques Tati
    France, 1953

    Recommended for ages 9 & up

    • Sunday, October 27 2 PM
    • Friday, November 29 1:30 PM

    This cinematic postcard from a seaside summer resort is “the most important comic work in world cinema since the Marx Brothers and W. C. Fields . . . an event in the history of sound film” (André Bazin).

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  • Jour de fête

    Jacques Tati
    France, 1949

    Original B&W Version

    • Saturday, November 2 3:30 PM

    Tati’s first feature is a charming portrait of a rural village, where the bumbling local postman is inspired to American-style efficiency by a newsreel in a traveling fair. “Everyone loves Jour de fête” (New Yorker).

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  • My Uncle

    Jacques Tati
    France, Italy, 1958

    English Version
    Recommended for ages 10 & up

    • Saturday, November 16 3 PM

    The wonders of an ultramodern house come in for classic Tati mockery. “Slapstick heaven” (New Yorker).

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  • Traffic

    Jacques Tati
    France, Italy, 1971
    • Sunday, November 24 4:30 PM

    A comic-apocalyptic vision of mechanized modernity in which humankind indulges in a perpetual love-hate relationship with its favorite pet, the automobile.

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