• France
  • 1949
  • 86 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.37:1
  • French
  •  
  • Spine #730

In his enchanting debut feature, Jacques Tati stars as a fussbudget of a postman who is thrown for a loop when a traveling fair comes to his village. Even in this early work, Tati was brilliantly toying with the devices (silent visual gags, minimal yet deftly deployed sound effects) and exploring the theme (the absurdity of our increasing reliance on technology) that would define his cinema.

Cast

FrançoisJacques Tati
RogerGuy Decomble
MarcelPaul Frankeur
Carnie wifeSanta Relli
JeannetteMaine Vallée
HairdresserRoger Rafal
EdithValy
BonduJacques Beauvais
Old biddyDelcassan

Credits

DirectorJacques Tati
Written byJacques Tati and Henri Marquet
With the collaboration ofRené Wheeler
Director of photographyJacques Mercanton
Color film camera operatorJacques Sauvageot
Camera assistantsMarcel Franchi, Jean Mousselle and Roger Moride
Set designerRené Moulaërt
MusicJean Yatove
Sound recordistJacques Maumont
CostumesJacques Cottin
Script supervisorLydie Noël
Production managerFred Orain

Disc Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Two alternate versions of the film: director Jacques Tati’s 1964 reedit, featuring hand-colored objects and newly incorporated footage, and the full-color 1995 rerelease, completed from Tati’s original color negatives
  • À l’américaine, a 2013 visual essay by Tati expert Stéphane Goudet tracking the evolution of Tati’s comedy
  • “Jour de fête”: In Search of the Lost Color, a 1988 documentary on the restoration of the film to Tati’s original color vision
  • Trailer
  • 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 »

Big Screen

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Repertory Pick: Tati in Los Angeles

July 14, 2016

In celebration of Bastille Day, the American Cinematheque treats Los Angeles audiences to a double dose of comedic genius from beloved French filmmaker Jacques Tati. Tonight’s screening, which . . . Read more »


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 »

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