The French comedian made people laugh – and think. With his cinematic visions, Jacques Tati was ahead of his time. A German publisher has now opened the precious Tati archive.

  • Tati on the set of parade (Karl Haskel - Archives Specta Films CEPEC)
    FRENCH NATIONAL ICON: JACQUES TATI
    With serious mine: Jacques Tati

    One of his trademarks was facial expressions. Jacques Tati (1907 – 1982) also came from the pantomime. His gestures and seemingly frozen facial features made the audience laugh. With only a handful of film comedies Tati became world famous – and is in a row with Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton.

    • Tati as Monsieur Hulot (Spectra Films CEPEC - Les Films de Mon Oncle)
      FRENCH NATIONAL ICON: JACQUES TATI
      On vacation: “The holidays of Monsieur Hulot”

      “The Definitive Jacques Tati” is the name of the Taschen Verlag publication, which is published in English and French. In five volumes you will find everything you need to know about Tati. Of course, there is also his worldwide success “The Holiday of Monsieur Hulot” to find in which Tati has made the accidental Brittany holiday of his hero played by him to a cinematic work of art.

      • Filmstill Mon Oncle (Spectra Films CEPEC - Les Films de Mon Oncle)
        FRENCH NATIONAL ICON: JACQUES TATI

        Fighting the Present: “Mon Oncle”

        Tati was a master at showing man in the struggle with social changes. And to document the funny side of this often difficult adaptation process. In the late 1950s, he mastered this masterfully in his film “Mon Oncle”: Jacques Tati shows himself heroically as a performer – in the struggle with the quirks of modernity.

        • Movie Still by Playtime (Specta Films CEPEC - Les Films de Mon Oncle)
          FRENCH NATIONAL ICON: JACQUES TATI

          Ahead of its time: “Playtime”

          Tati’s cinematic and at the same time comical views of the present and the modern age were ahead of their time. In his film “Playtime” (1967) he designed a Paris that consists almost entirely of glass and concrete, high-rise buildings and anonymous office buildings. Right in the middle of it all: the person who can no longer find his way around. “Playtime” gave viewers a glimpse into the distant future.

          • Film Still by Play Time (Spectra Films CEPEC - Les Films de Mon Oncle)
            FRENCH NATIONAL ICON: JACQUES TATI

            Human versus modern

            Tati’s universe moved between Kafka and Chaplin, science fiction and slapstick. Tati, who always starred in his films, rarely had the production costs under control. So he had for “Playtime” build a futuristic backdrop city, for which he was deeply in debt. Today’s filmmakers resort to the possibilities of digital technology.

            • Video Still by Parade (Specta Films CEPEC - Les Films de Mon Oncle)
              FRENCH NATIONAL ICON: JACQUES TATI

              An old funny man: Jacques Tati

              After “Playtime” Tati could only shoot a movie, a TV series and the TV movie “Parade” (our picture). Tati seemed to have fallen out of time. In 1974 he retired from the film business. He left the audience a small but immortal work with wonderfully clever comedies, which will endure in film history.


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