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Mon Oncle

110 minutes 1958

Jacques Tati's 1958 film is a transitional work between the character-centered comedy of Jour de Fete and Mr. Hulot's Holiday and the global perspective of his most formally inventive film, Playtime. Hulot is still here, but he no longer occupies the foreground; set off to one side, as the eccentric uncle of a desperately modern family, he is more of a visiting sprite, suggesting a human alternative to the mechanical life forms that occupy the center of the story. Tati hasn't quite solved the structural problem he posed for himself, but if the film isn't wholly satisfying, it's still a very witty and suggestive work from the modern cinema's only answer to Chaplin and Keaton. In French with subtitles.

Film Credits

Director: Jacques Tati

Writer: Jacques Lagrange, Jean L'Hôte and Jacques Tati

Producer: Louis Dolivet, Jacques Tati, Alain Terouanne and Fred Orain

Cast: Jacques Tati, Jean-Pierre Zola, Alain Bécourt, Lucien Frégis, Dominique Marie and Adrienne Servantie

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