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.
Jacques Tati's Monsieur Hulot, unmistakeable with his pipe, brolly and striped socks, was a creation of sheer 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 mime during the Depression, to the success of Jour de Fete and Mon Oncle, to Playtime, the grandiose masterpiece that left the once delebrated 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.
“A handsome tribute to a comic creator whose craft was an art which turned a delight in human absurdity into the most accessible from of sanity”
David Coward, Times Literary Supplement
“Elegantly written and illustrated, brilliantly illuminating about the work... This is a book of which Jacques Tati... would surely approve”
Margot Norman, Literary Review