Mon Oncle DVD
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Directed by Jacques Tati
Produced in 1958
Main Language - French with English subtitles
Tati the silent genius. As a child, I never could see anything funny in the films of Jacques Tati. Later in life I stumbled across the sublime La Jour da Fete and suddenly this man's genius dawned on me.
Whilst this film remains my firm favourite, Mon Oncle runs a very close second. I have a number of friends today, who handle modern technology with the hilarious awkwardness of "mon oncle".
Watch this film and you will have the smile of someone whose cheeks are stuffed with marshmallows.
on 20th January 2003
Jacques Tati’s third feature (and second outing as the accident-prone Monsieur Hulot), Mon Oncle, takes him to Paris where the aggressively high-tech lifestyle of his relatives, the Arpels, is contrasted with his old-fashioned ways in a scruffy part of town. Young Gérard Arpel is very fond of his gauche uncle but his disapproving parents resolve to get Hulot a job or a wife. The disastrous outcome is a masterpiece of design and symmetry and of technically brilliant gags. The heart-warming ending is true to Tati’s vision of the modern world as a confusing place that is ultimately full of charm and humanity - if only you know whereb to find it.
Mon Oncle was a major hit and picked up a string of awards, including the Prix spécial du jury at Cannes, the New York Critics’ Circle Award for Best Foreign Film and the 1959 Oscar for Best Foreign Film.
Mon Oncle was shot between September 1956 and February 1957 at three different locations. The old Parisian suburb of Saint-Maur served for ‘le vieux quartier’, where Hulot’s wonderfully ramshackle house was built into the town’s main square. The Arpels’ modernistic dwelling was constructed at the Victorine studios in Nice, and the wasteland between the two was shot at Créteil, a few miles outside
Paris, where a new town was about to be built.
With an eye on the international market, and wishing to avoid subtitles, which he always disliked, Tati shot two versions of the film – Mon Oncle and My Uncle, the latter with signs like ‘Ecole’ and ‘Sortie’ replaced with their English equivalents and much of the main dialogue dubbed into English, but with some characters speaking French.
Length: 111 mins
Aspect ratio: 4:3
Format: DVD Colour
Released: 29th November 2004
Cat No: BFIVD604
Subtitles: English HoH.
- Original trailers for Mon Oncle, Playtime and Les Vacances de M. Hulot.
by Anon on 13th September 1999
A poetic satire on man against machine. "Extraordinary unforgettably funny, wonderfully observed, and always technically brilliant" Time Out. Read on
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