Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Revisit: Mon Oncle

Criterion Collection 1958

Directed by Jacques Tati

Writing credits
Jacques Lagrange
Jean L'Hôte
Jacques Tati

M. Hulot bumbles his way through this satire of French modernization that emphasizes the problems with upperclass living - namely, style over practicality. Despite its two-hour run time, the film is light, easy to watch and geniuinely funny. Tati, as always, draws from silent-era slapstick and Chaplinesque characters to create humor that is easy to understand in any language. Highly-focused sound effects add to the films unique rhythm. Only bested by Tati's follow-up, Play Time.

Is there anyone who speaks French who could translate this interview for me? I'm really interested to see what Tati has to say about the making of the film.

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