Press Street’s Antenna Gallery celebrates the life and humor of one of the greatest and most influential comic minds of the 20th century, Jacques Tati – French filmmaker, writer, director, and actor. His most well-known character, Monsieur Hulot, has served as inspiration for many modern-day comedic personalities, such as Mr. Bean.
Beginning Monday, January 23, all of Tati’s feature length films (only five) will be presented throughout the week, along with shorts, two animated films inspired by Tati, as well as two documentaries.
Monday, January 23 (8:00 pm)
Soigne Ton Gauche (1936), Comedic short starring Tati and directed by René Clément (12 min)
Jour de fête (1949), Tati’s feature film debut about a postman who tries to speed up his delivery methods (70 min)
M. Hulot’s Holiday (1953), Tati’s second feature about a man who comes to a beachside hotel for a vacation, where he accidentally (but good-naturedly) causes havoc (87 min)
Tuesday, January 24 (8:00 pm)
L’ecole Des Facteurs (1947), another comedic short from written and directed by Tati (15 min)
L’illusionist (2010), Oscar-nominated animated film directed by fellow Frenchman Sylvain Chomet about an out-of-work illusionist who meets a young woman who changes his life. Original screenplay was written by Tati in the 1950s, but never produced. The film’s main character is styled after the late, great comedian. (80 min)
Mon Oncle (1958), Monsieur Hulot visits the technology-driven world of his sister, brother-in-law, and nephew, but he can’t quite fit into the surroundings. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film (116 min)
Wednesday, January 25 (8:00 pm)
Cours Du Soir (1967), comedic short about Tati teaching an acting class to a group of eager, but not very talented students (28 min)
Play Time (1967), Monsieur Hulot curiously wanders around a high-tech Paris, paralleling a trip with a group of American tourists and causing his usual havoc (124 min)
Thursday, January 26 (9:00 pm)
The Triplets of Belleville (2003), another animated film from Sylvain Chomet about Madame Souza and an aging song-and-dance team, who team up to rescue her kidnapped grandson (80 min)
In The Steps of M. Hulot (1989), a documentary directed by Sophie Tatischeff, Tati’s daughter (51 min)
Friday, January 27 (8:00 pm)
The Magnificent Tati (2009), documentary from Michael House that traces Jacques Tati’s rise from the Parisian Music-Hall stage to his Oscar winning films of the 1950s (60 min)
Trafic (1971), Tati’s final feature length film follows Mr. Hulot as he drives from Paris to Amsterdam in his usual comic, disastrous style (97 min)
All screenings for this wonderful event are FREE and open to the public, but seating is limited.
The event is sponsored by Press Street and the Charitable Film Network and is curatedby Wesley Stokes. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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