The Jacques Tati Collection DVD

Jacques Tati, 1949-74

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Directed by Jacques Tati

Produced in 1949-74

Main Language - French with English subtitles

Countries & Regions - European Film, French Film, Scandinavian Film

Film Description

Five films from Jacques Tati. Features Jour de fête (1949), Les Vacances de M. Hulot (1953), Mon Oncle (1958), Playtime (1967) and Parade (1974).

Jacques Tati was one of the 20th century’s greatest filmmakers. His ability to captivate audiences with a humour that is almost entirely visual is simply a joy to behold.

Jour de fête: a hilarious exposé of the modern obsession of with speed and efficiency, Jacques Tati’s award winning feature début is a dazzling blend of satire and slapstick.

Les Vacances de M. Hulot: The film that brought Tati international acclaim also launched his on-screen alter ego: the courteous, well-meaning and eternally accident-prone Monsieur Hulot.

Mon Oncle: Tati’s third feature is a satirical assault on the twin targets of efficiency and the modern world. Winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film and a Special Prize at Cannes.

Playtime: Regarded by many as Jacques Tati’s masterpiece, Playtime is a surreal comic vision of mankind’s battle against the overwhelming depersonalisation of modern life.

Parade: Tati’s last film sees his return to the boisterous music hall world in which he began his career as a mime artist in the 1930s.

DVD Details

Certificate: U

Publisher: BFI

Length: 480 mins

Aspect ratio: 1.33:1 / 1.85:1

Format: DVD Colour

Region: 2

Released: 2nd November 2009

Cat No: BFIVD805

DVD Extras

  • 5 discs
  • Interview with filmmaker Richard Lester on Tati
  • Commentary on Playtime by film historian Philip Kemp
  • ‘Au-delà de Playtime
  • Continuity supervisor Sylvette Baudrot on Tati and Playtime
  • Director biography and short film about Tati
  • Interview with Tati, filmed in London (1977)
  • Original Tati trailers
  • Fully illustrated colour booklets containing sleeve notes, essays and biographies.

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