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jT3| Mon Oncle
ID:
1958
Comments:
Director: Jacques Tati
Screenplay:
Producer:
Cast: Jacques Tati, Jean-Pierre Zola, Adrienne Servantie, Lucien Frégis, Betty Schneider
Genre: Art House & International

Running Time: 116
Aspect Ratio:  1.33:1 (NTSC )
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Subtitles: English
Features:
Studio:  Criterion DVD Region:  1 Unrated
DVD Release:  Jan 2004 Discs:  1 (DVD) [$29.95]
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Reviews:  A comic masterpiece from director-star Jacques Tati ("Playtime", "Traffic"), this 1958 film--Tati's first in color--reprises the carefree, oblivious title character from the director's hilarious international hit "Mr. Hulot's Holiday". This time, the story finds Hulot, a self-involved twit on a constant collision with the physical world, grappling with 1950s-style progress. Visiting his sister and brother-in-law in their ultra-progressive household full of noisy gadgets and futuristic decor, Hulot inevitably has dust-ups with modernity, each one exceptionally funny. Taking a page from Buster Keaton's playbook, Tati also employs his trademark techniques with sound and production design to achieve the indefinable, comic genius of his films: the rhythmic clacking of footsteps, the cartoon-panel distance of his camera frame from the heart of the action. (Why are funny things funnier when seen from a few extra feet away?) Tati is one of the cinema's great treasures, and this movie is unforgettable. "--Tom Keogh"


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