Yle Teema keeps on celebrating French cinema ! During the month of October, you will be able to see the complete filmography of Jacques Tati, brilliant actor, director and screenwriter. Through his observation of the dehumanized everyday life in modern society, his burlesque work never ceased to showcase his talent for comedy. Having always refused to work with major film production companies, he paid very close attention to the scenery and above all to the sound of his movies, as he aimed to give the most accurate rendition of our daily perception of voices, interferences etc. Jacques Tati is gesture comedy with a straight face, a slender and clumsy silhouette, and an inadequacy to the outside world. On the occasion of his 110th birthday, discover or re-discover the works of one of the most important figures of French cinema.

His movies will be available on demand from the 9th of October and until the end of the year on Yle Areena.

 

Feature-length films:

The Big Day (Jour de fête, France, 1949)

Jacques Tati’s first feature film is a captivating comedy following the attempts of a postman to modernize his work, during the annual village fair.

 

Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday (Les vacances de M. Hulot, France, 1952) Jacques Tati’s most well-known comedy where M. Hulot, his clumsy recurring character, discovers the joys of seaside resorts and vacationers.

 

My Uncle (Mon Oncle, France, 1958)

Monsieur Hulot is offered a position in his brother-in-law’s factory, and somehow tries to fit in a technology-driven world, unfit for his dreamer personality.
Playtime (France 1967)

A new chapter of Monsieur Hulot’s adventures, in which he wanders in Paris, between modern offices and nightlife, causing chaos wherever he goes.

 

Traffic (Trafic, France, 1971)

Monsieur Hulot attempts, in his own disastrous way, to bring his invention, a Renault 4L transformed in a revolutionary camping-car, to the Amsterdam auto fair to showcase it.

 

Parade (France/Sweden, 1974)

This TV film shows Jacques Tati as a circus ringmaster introducing a series of attractions, before performing his own mime numbers.

 

The Illusionist (L’illusioniste, France, 2010) This animated film full of tenderness directed by Sylvain Chomet is based on a scenario by Jacques Tati, where an illusionist at the end of his career goes to try his luck in the United Kingdom, where he meets Alice, a young woman who believes he is a true magician.

 

 

Short films:

On demande une brute (France, 1934)

In this first Jacques Tati short, a slender, shy and introverted young man ends up fighting in a very violent boxing match. Directed by Charles Barrois.

 

 Gai dimanche (France, 1935)

Jacques tati and the clown Rhum are a pair of vagrant-gentlemen trying to get their three-piece suits back in shape after spending the night in a subway station. Directed by Jacques Berr.

 

Soigne ton gauche (France, 1936)

A farm boy attends a boxer’s training sessions and gets dragged in the ring in a fight with numerous twists and turns. Directed by René Clément

 

School for Postmen (L’école des facteurs, France, 1947)

A comedy on the modernization of French postal services. Jacques Tati will come back to this topic for his first feature-length movie.

 

Evening Classes (Cours du soir, France, 1967) Tati, a joke professor, teaches his reluctant students the basic rules of comedy, with the help of numerous demonstrations. Directed by Nicolas Rybowski.

 

Dégustation maison (France, 1978) Sophie Tatischeff, Jacques Tati’s daughter, directed a short film on a small village’s unusual pastry shop.

 

Forza Bastia (France, 1978)

In 1978, Jacques Tati directs a documentary on the Corsican soccer team SC Bastia, who had qualified for the finals of the UEFA cup. The movie wasn’t released before 2002 when Sophie Tatischeff, Jacques Tati’s daughter, edited the movie.