The full story of one of France's greatest cinema legends, a clown whose film-making innovation was to turn everyday life into an art form.
The full story of France's greatest cinema legends, a clown whose film-making innovation was to turn everyday life into an art form.
Jacques Tati's Monsieur Hulot, unmistakable with his pipe, brolly and striped socks, was a creation of slapstick genius that made audiences around the world laugh at the sheer absurdity of life. This biography charts Tati's rise and fall, from his earliest beginnings as a music hall mine during the Depression, to the success of Jour de Fête and Mon Oncle, to Playtime, the grandiose masterpiece that left the once celebrated director bankrupt and begging for equipment to complete his final films. Analysing Tati's singular vision, Bellos reveals the intricate staging of his most famous gags and draws upon hitherto inaccessible archives to produce a unique assessment of his work and its context for film lovers and film students alike.
“. . . outstanding filmaker biography . . . deconstructs the a French comedian-auteur as if he were an intricate human clock mechanism, which in some ways he was.”
Nigel Andrews, Financial Times