Mon oncle Film Still

Mon oncle

Jacques Tati

 
Mon oncle (Criterion DVD)

DVD

1 Disc

SRP: $29.95

Out of Print
  • France
  • 1958
  • 116 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • French
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  • Spine #111

Slapstick prevails again when Jacques Tati’s eccentric, old- fashioned hero, Monsieur Hulot, is set loose in Villa Arpel, the geometric, oppressively ultramodern home of his brother-in-law, and in the antiseptic plastic hose factory where he gets a job. The second Hulot movie and Tati’s first color film, Mon oncle is a supremely amusing satire of mechanized living and consumer society that earned the director the Academy Award for best foreign-language film.

Cast

Monsieur HulotJacques Tati
Monsieur Arpel Jean-Pierre Zola
Madame ArpelAdrienne Servantie
Monsieur PichardLucien Frégis
BettyBetty Schneider
WalterJ. F. Martial
NeighborDominique Marie
GeorgetteYvonne Arnaud
Madame PichardAdélaïde Danieli
Gerard ArpelAlain Bécourt
Suspenders dealerRégis Fontenay
Flea market dealerClaude Badolle
Drunken manMax Martel
Working manNicolas Bataille

Credits

DirectorJacques Tati
Written byJacques Tati
With the collaboration ofJacques Lagrange and Jean L’Hôte
Assistant directorsHenri Marquet and Pierre Etaix
CinematographyJean Bourgoin
EditorSuzanne Baron
MusicFrank Barcellini and Alain Romans
Set designHenri Schmitt
Executive producerLouis Dolivet
Associate producerAlain Térouanne
Consulting producerFred Orain

Disc Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Introduction by actor and comedian Terry Jones
  • My Uncle, director Jacques Tati’s 1958 reedited, English-language version of the film
  • Once Upon a Time . . . “Mon oncle,” an hour-long documentary from 2008 on the making of the film
  • Everything Is Beautiful, a three-part program from 2005 on the film’s fashion, architecture, and furniture design
  • Everything’s Connected, a 2013 visual essay by Tati expert Stéphane Goudet comparing Mon oncle to the other Monsieur Hulot films
  • “Le Hasard de Jacques Tati,” a 1977 French television episode featuring an interview with Tati about his dog, Hasard, and the canine stars of Mon oncle
  • New English subtitle translation

Film Essays

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Jacques Tati: Things Fall Together

By David Cairns November 04, 2014

In cinema history, there truly is no gag like a Tati gag. Read more »


Film Essays

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Jacques Tati, Historian

By Kristin Ross October 30, 2014

Tati’s witty visual comedy also functioned as satire of a rapidly modernizing postwar France. Read more »


Film Essays

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Jacques Tati: Composing in Sound and Image

By Jonathan Rosenbaum October 28, 2014

What you hear is as crucial—and as funny—as what you see in Tati’s films. Read more »


Film Essays

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Scatterbrained Angel: The Films of Jacques Tati

By James Quandt October 27, 2014

Though he emerged from established stage and screen comedy traditions, Tati invented a completely new filmic language. Read more »


Film Essays

Mon oncle

By Matt Zoller Seitz January 05, 2004

When you first see Monsieur Hulot, the whimsical wanderer played by Jacques Tati in the classic French comedy Mon oncle, it takes a moment to realize just how big he is—a two-meter slab of . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Mon oncle

By Alan Rich July 01, 1990

We first met Mr. Hulot on a holiday, at a rundown seaside resort hotel, a loner but hardly a recluse. Immensely likable, eager to turn all living creatures into his loving friends (and usually . . . Read more »

Photo Galleries

Figure in a Landscape

November 11, 2014


Film Essays

27_039_t_thumbnail

Jacques Tati: Things Fall Together

By David Cairns November 04, 2014

In cinema history, there truly is no gag like a Tati gag. Read more »


Film Essays

Traficlot_t_thumbnail

Jacques Tati, Historian

By Kristin Ross October 30, 2014

Tati’s witty visual comedy also functioned as satire of a rapidly modernizing postwar France. Read more »


Film Essays

126_053_t_thumbnail

Jacques Tati: Composing in Sound and Image

By Jonathan Rosenbaum October 28, 2014

What you hear is as crucial—and as funny—as what you see in Tati’s films. Read more »


Film Essays

130_053_t_thumbnail

Scatterbrained Angel: The Films of Jacques Tati

By James Quandt October 27, 2014

Though he emerged from established stage and screen comedy traditions, Tati invented a completely new filmic language. Read more »


Dispatches

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Flashback: Jacques Tati

By Peter Cowie October 23, 2014

The author recalls meeting the filmmaker in a Swedish hotel in the ’70s. Read more »


Clippings

TATI’S RIGHT-HAND MAN

June 10, 2009

There’s a cornucopia for Tati fans over at Kristin Thompson and David Bordwell’s blog, Observations on Film Art and Film Art. In a new entry, Thompson spotlights painter Jacques Lagrange, a . . . Read more »


On Five

APRIL IN TATIVILLE

By Alexandre Mabilon April 22, 2009

Some of you might have seen the news item on our website regarding the Jacques Tati “centennial-plus” and the exhibits around Paris paying homage to the inventive filmmaker. I had the good . . . Read more »


News

Sometimes a Pipe . . .

April 19, 2009

More than fifty years after he first appeared on-screen, it seems that Monsieur Hulot has finally quit smoking. And not voluntarily. In accordance with a 1991 law prohibiting tobacco advertising . . . Read more »


News

JACQUES TATI: A SORTA CENTENNIAL

April 06, 2009

Paris is turning into Tativille starting tomorrow, April 8, until August 2, with the Cinémathèque française’s appropriately large-scale retrospective of the famously ambitious French filmmaking . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Mon oncle

By Matt Zoller Seitz January 05, 2004

When you first see Monsieur Hulot, the whimsical wanderer played by Jacques Tati in the classic French comedy Mon oncle, it takes a moment to realize just how big he is—a two-meter slab of . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Mon oncle

By Alan Rich July 01, 1990

We first met Mr. Hulot on a holiday, at a rundown seaside resort hotel, a loner but hardly a recluse. Immensely likable, eager to turn all living creatures into his loving friends (and usually . . . Read more »