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Jacques Tati
[1907-1982]

common portrait of auteur Jacques Tati [1907-82] with pipe, used in advertising for "Mr. Hulot's Holiday" [1953]          short profile

films by Jacques Tati

French books & music

works about Jacques Tati

links

Jacques Tati's gloriously choreographed comedies were nearly wordless;
indeed, there seem to be no quotes whatsoever of M. Tati on the internet.


     Jacques Tatischeff was born 9 October 1907 in Le Pecq, near Paris, France; his father was of the Russian nobility and his mother was Dutch. After an early career as a professional rugby player (his 6-foot 3-inch height was a factor), he became a successful mime in French music halls, which led to roles in short & feature films.

     His first film as writer-director-actor, the 1947 comedy short "L'École des Facteurs" ("School For Postmen") was expanded as the 1949 feature "Jour de Fête" ("The Big Day"). The Monsieur Hulot character appeared in only four films, and yet is one of the most-loved characters in cinema around the world. "Mr. Hulot's Holiday" [1953] was Oscar-nominated for Best Original Screenplay; the color feature "Mon Oncle" [1958] won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film (and other awards). "Play Time" [1967] is often called Tati's masterpiece; it was filmed in 70mm color over three years time, and the production costs bankrupted Tati. "Traffic" [1971} was a smaller film, and the 1974 Swedish television movie "Parade" was his last major film.

     Tati and a fellow performer in Paris produced a daughter, Helga Marie-Jeanne Schiel, in 1942. Tati married in 1944 and had two children; the younger daughter Sophie Tatischeff is a film editor and director who has discovered & restored & released several of Tati's works.

     Jacques Tati made only six feature films, but their masterful visual and audio comedy places him at the top of any list of cinema auteurs. The Criterion Collection has recently restored & released DVD & Blu-ray editions of Tati's four M. Hulot films; Tati's other works are expected to follow.

Jacques Tati entry at Wikipedia
Jacques Tati's credits [1932-1974] at Internet Movie Database


won Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film for "Mon Oncle" [1958]   received an Honorary César Award from France in 1977       Jacques Tati won an Oscar
for Best Foreign Language Film for "Mon Oncle" [1958]
and received a shared Oscar nomination (with Henri Marquet)
for Best Original Screenplay
for "Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot" [1953]

He also received
the Prix Louis Delluc in 1953
Jury Special Prize at the Cannes Festival in 1958
an Honorary César Award in 1977
won shared National Board of Review Spotlight Award in 2010


Links
Jacques Tati entry at Wikipedia
Jacques Tati's credits [1932-1974] at Internet Movie Database

browse Jacques Tati on DVD at Amazon

Tativille website {Flash-fancy; English or French}
Jacques Tati exhibit [2009] at Cinémathèque Française in Paris, France
Jacques Tati page at Film Reference website
Jacques Tati screenings [2007] at Northwest Film Forum in Seattle, WA
Jacques Tati profile at FilmsdeFrance.com



Films  By  Jacques Tati
Jacques Tati's credits [1932-1974] at Internet Movie Database
browse Jacques Tati on DVD at Amazon

"The Films of Jacques Tati" [1977] by Brent Maddock
Metuchen/Scarcrow hardcover [12/77] out of print/used

Films of Jacques Tati book by Michel Chion  
"The Films of Jacques Tati" [1987]
by Michel Chion

Guernica Editions mass pb [6/2003] for $10.00
Guernica Editions mass pb [3/97] for $13.00
UK video Tati Shorts   "Tati Shorts" [U.K. 2000]
includes three comedy shorts: "Soigne ton Gauche" ("Look After Your Left") [20minutes; 1936]; "L'École des Facteurs" ("School For Postmen") [18 minutes; 1947]; and "Cours du Soir" ("Evening Classes") [30 minutes; 1967]
Connoisseur Video b&w silent VHS [1/2000] available in PAL format/used
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"Oscar, Champion de Tennis" short film [France 1932]
Directed by Jack Forrester; starring Jacques Tati; credits at IMDb

"On Demande une Brute" feature film [France 1934]
Directed by Charles Barrois; René Clément was the A.D.; co-written by Alfred Sauvy & Jacques Tati;
starring Hélène Pépée, Rhum, Jacques Tati & Raymond Turgy credits at IMDb

"Gai Dimanche" ("Happy Sunday") short film
[Atlantic Films France 1935]
33-minute b&w film co-directed by Jacques Berr & Jacques Tati; co-written by &
starring Rhum & Jacques Tati; credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"Soigne ton Gauche" ("Look After Your Left")
[Cady Films France 1936]
A farmer living adjacent to a boxer's training camp fantasizes about being a boxer; when the boxer's sparring partners
are too injured to continue, the farmer is asked to step into the ring.
20-minute b&w film directed by René Clément;
written by Jacques Tati & Jean-Marie Huard; starring Jacques Tati, Max Martel, Louis Robur, Cliville, J. Aurel, Champel
& Van der Haegen; available on the "Mr. Hulot's Holiday" DVD (below); credits at IMDb

"Retour à La Terre" [1938]
This b&w short film was never completed, the elements are considered lost;
written by & starring Jacques Tati; bare credits at IMDb

"Sylvie et Le Fantôme" ("Sylvia & The Ghost")
[France Feb 1946, USA Oct 1950]
aka "The Ghost of Alain de Francigny"
Sylvie et Le Fantôme French movie poster, directed by Claude Autant-Lara   A sixteen-year-old debutante pines for her image of her grandmother's lover (played by Tati!) until two real lovers her own age show up. Directed by Claude Autant-Lara; adapted by Jean Aurenche, from the stageplay by Alfred Adam; starring Odette Joyeux, François Périer, Jean Desailly, Jacques Tati, Pierre Larquey, Claude Marcy, Paul Demange, Marguerite Cassan & Damas
DVD/Blu-ray not available; Homevision b&w subtitled VHS [6/2000] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at French-language Wikipedia

"Le Diable au Corps" aka "Devil In The Flesh"
[Transcontinental/A.F.E. France Sept 1947, USA May 1949]
Le Diable au Corps movie directed by Claude Autant-Lara   During World War I, a young student falls in love with a woman engaged to a soldier at the front, whom she later marries; when the two meet again, their mutual attraction proves stronger than before, and they begin a love affair, with tragic results. Directed by Claude Autant-Lara; written by Jean Aurenche & Pierre Bost, based on the 1923 novel by Raymond Radiguet [1903-23]; starring Micheline Presle, Gérard Philipe, Jean Lara, Denise Grey, Jean Debucourt, Palau, Germaine Ledoyen, Jeanne Pérez & Jacques Tati {minor role); nominated for Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival
import DVD [7/2007] for $19.95
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
paperback cover for Devil In The Flesh 1923 novel by Raymond Radiguet  
"Devil In The Flesh: A Novel" [1923] by Raymond Radiguet
Controversial first novel of French author Raymond Radiguet [1903-23]
who died tragically at age 20 of typhus
Melville House/Neversink Library 8x5 pb [3/2012] for $10.95
Marion Boyars Publrs, London UK 7½x5 pb [9/2005] for $14.95

"L'École des Facteurs" ("School For Postmen")
comedy short [Cady Films France 1947]
18-minute b&w film about a French postman trying to emulate the speedy delivery of the Americans;
Written & directed by & starring Jacques Tati; also starring Paul Demange
available on the "Mon Oncle" DVD (below); credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"Jour de Fête" ("The Big Day")
[Cady Films/Panoramic Films France May 1949, Feb 1952]
Jour de Fête / Holiday / The Big Day 1949 movie directed by & starring Jacques Tati   Filmed in ThompsonColor, which folded before the film's release; color prints were discovered and restored in 1995 by Tati's daughter. The bumbling postman in a small French village often gets teased by his neighbors; at the village fair, they get him drunk and show him a stunt film supposedly of American postal workers; next day, he tries to match America's efficiency and speed. Co-written, directed by & starring Jacques Tati; co-written by Henri Marquet & René Wheeler; also starring Guy Decomble, Paul Frankeur, Santa Relli, Maine Vallée, Delcassan & Roger Rafal; nominated for Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival
Region 1 DVD/Blu-ray not available (2009)
Embassy Home Ent. b&w VHS [3/91] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

Jour de Fête, La Couleur Retrouvée book by François Ede   "Jour de Fête, ou, La Couleur Retrouvée (The Found Color)" [1995]
French-language book by François Ede

Tati filmed "Jour de Fête" in ThompsonColor; the company folded before the film's release
in 1949. In 1995, Tati's daughter discovered color negatives in storage, and had the color version restored and re-released.

Diffusion, Seuil 9½x7½ pb [1/95] import/scarce
Cahiers du Cinema Livres hardcover [1/95] for €19,00 via Amazon France

"Les  Vacances  de  Monsieur  Hulot"
aka "Mr. Hulot's Holiday"
[France Feb 1953, USA June 1954]
Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot 1953 movie directed by and starring Jacques Tati   Monsieur Hulot takes a vacation at a French seaside resort; his innocent though exasperating good intentions produce nothing but bad results for others, of which he is entirely oblivious. Co-produced,
co-written & directed by and starring Jacques Tati; co-written by Henri Marquet; also starring Nathalie Pascaud, Micheline Rolla, Valentine Camax, Louis Perrault, André Dubois, Lucien Frégis & Raymond Carl; voices on the English dub all by Christopher Lee; shared Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay; won Prix Louis Delluc award
Criterion b&w DVD [1/2004] for $24.99
Homevision b&w VHS [6/2000] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot novelization by Jean-Claude Carrière  
"Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot" [1958]
French-language novelization by Jean-Claude Carrière, Illustrations by Pierre Etaix

Robert Laffont hardcover [11/2005] for €18,05 from Amazon France
English-language translation
Thomas Y. Crowell Co. hardcover [1959] out of print/scarce
Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot de Jacques Tati book by Jan Jansen   "Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot de Jacques Tati" [2009]
French-language book by Jan Jansen

Yellow Now 4¾x6¾ pb [9/2009] out of print/scarce
Yellow Now hardcover [3/2009] out of print/used via Amazon France

"Mon  Oncle" [France May 1958, USA Nov 1958]
won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film  Mon Oncle 1958 Oscar-winning movie directed by and starring Jacques Tati   Monsieur Hulot visits his sister, and her husband and son, who live in a highly-automated techno- logical world. The nephew is fascinated with his bumbling uncle, and the father becomes jealous, and so gets Hulot a job at his plastics factory. Co-produced, co-written & directed by and starring Jacques Tati; co-written by Jacques Lagrange & Jean L'Hôte; also starring Alain Bécourt, Jean-Pierre Zola, Adrienne Servantie, Lucien Frégis, Adelaide Danieli, Betty Schneider, Jean-François Martial, Dominique Marie, Yvonne Arnaud & Daki the Dachshund; won a Jury Special Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film
Criterion color DVD [6/2004] for $21.99
Homevision color VHS [6/2000] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
Jacque Tati's Mon Oncle novelization by Jean-Claude Carrière  
"Jacque Tati's Mon Oncle" [1959]
French-language novelization by Jean-Claude Carrière, Illustrated by Pierre Etaix

Robert Laffont hardcover [11/2005] for €17,10 via Amazon France
Jacques Tati, Mon Oncle critical text by Fabien Boully  "Jacques Tati: Mon Oncle" [2007]
French-language critical text by Fabien Boully

Atlande Clefs Concours-Cinéma hardcover [11/2007] for €18,05 via Amazon France

"Play  Time" ("Le Temps des Loisirs")
[France Dec 1967, USA June 1973]
Play Time / PlayTime 1967 movie directed by and starring Jacques Tati  
poster for Play Time 1967 movie directed by and starring Jacques Tati  
Shot in 70mm over three years time; the gigantic set of several all-glass office buildings was dubbed 'Tativille'; meager box-office and the enormous production costs basically bankrupted Tati. Monsieur Hulot must meet with an American official in Paris, but keeps getting lost among the glass highrise buildings and eventually gets attached to a group of American tourists. Co-written & directed by and starring Jacques Tati; co-written by Jacques Lagrange; also starring Barbara Dennek, John Abbey, Valérie Camille, André Fouché, Billy Kearns, Rita Maiden, Jack Gauthier, Nicole Ray, Yves Barsacq, Georges Montant, Erika Dentzler & Georges Faye
Criterion widescreen color Blu-ray [8/2009] for $24.99
extras on the Blu-ray version include the short documentary "Au-delà de Play Time" [2002]; the short biographical film "Tati Story" [2002]; a rare audio interview (1972); a video interview with Sylvette Baudrot; Tati's 1967 short film "Cours du Soir"; B.B.C. Omnibus program "Jacques Tati in Monseur Hulot's Work" [1976]; plus commentary and more
Criterion widescreen color DVD [9/2006] 2 disks for $35.99
Criterion widescreen color DVD [5/2001] out of prodn/used
Homevision color VHS [6/20] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia
Play Time book by François Ede & Stéphane Goudet  
"Play Time" [2002]
French-language book by François Ede & Stéphane Goudet

Cahiers du Cinema Livres 10¼x9 hardcover [5/2002] import/scarce
Cahiers du Cinema Livres hardcover [5/2002] out of print/used via Amazon France

"Au-delà de Play Time" [France 2002, USA 2005]
7-minute documentary short film by Stéphane Goudet;
available on the DVD & Blu-ray (above); full credits at IMDb

art print of M. Hulot in the lobby, from Jacques Tati's 1967 movie "Play Time</"  art print of M. Hulot in the lobby,
from Jacques Tati's 1967 movie "Play Time"

18"x24" art print for $99.99 from AllPosters.com
24"x32" art print for $149.99 from AllPosters.com
30"x40" art print for $199.99 from AllPosters.com

click to see larger view {in new window}

"Cours du Soir" ("Evening Classes")  [France 1967]
30-minute documentary made while filming "Play Time", with Tati demonstrating his music hall mime routines
Directed by Nicolas Ribowski; written by & starring Jacques Tati; with Alain Fayner & Marc Monjou;
available on the "Play Time" DVD & Blu-ray (above); credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"Trafic / Traffic"  [France April 1971, USA Dec 1972]
Traffic 1971 movie directed by and starring Jacques Tati  While the president of his company waits impatiently at an auto show in Amsterdam, automobile inventor M. Hulot follows the truck transporting the prototype of their new car. Co-written & directed by and starring Jacques Tati; co-written by Jacques Lagrange & Bert Haanstra; also starring Marcel Fraval, Honoré Bostel, François Maisongrosse & Tony Knepper
Criterion widescreen color DVD [7/2008] 2 disks for $35.99
Columbia Pictures widescreen color VHS [6/2000] out of prodn/used
Emarcy import soundtrack CD [3/2008] for $15.98
full credits from IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"Obraz uz Obraz" [orig air date Dec 1972]
Episode #1.5 of a Yugoslavian variety & talk TV show in Belgrade, hosted by Milena Dravic & Dragan Nikolic;
Jacques Tati is credited as 'Zak Tati';
series [1972-74] credits at IMDbepisode credits at IMDb

"Parade" [France Dec 1974]
Parade 1974 TV movie directed by and starring Jacques Tati  Tati portrays a clown at a circus; this color TV movie is more than a filmed circus performance, more like a Fellini-esque meditation on art and life, on the desire to contribute, to express oneself and one's passions. Written & directed by and starring Jacques Tati; also starring Karl Kossmayer, Pierre Bramma, Michèle Brabo, Pia Colombo, Johnny Lonn, Bertilo, Jan Swahn, Bertil Berglund & Moniqa Sunnerberg
Region 1 DVD/Blu-ray not available (2013)
Homevision color VHS [6/2000] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

unproduced script "Confusion" [1974]
article about the pre-production plans with rock band Sparks

"Forza Bastia" [1978 short film]
Forza Bastia documentary film filmed by Jacques Tati & edited by Sophie Tati  When an obscure French football (soccer) team made it to the European finals in 1978, a friend asked Tati to document the game, to take place at the stadium in Bastia, Corsica; the Bastia team lost 3-0 (no happy ending) and Tati died in 1982, and the elements were stored away; Tati's daughter pieced together this 26-minute film in 2001, which has not yet been officially released
Written & filmed by Jacques Tati; edited by Sophie Tatischeff
VHS/DVD/Blu-ray not available
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipedia

"The Illusionist / L'Illusionniste"
[Pathé/Django France June 2010, USA Dec 2010]
early illustration for "The Illusionist" animated film by Sylvain Chomet, based on a script by Jacques Tati  blue poster for "The Illusionist" animated film by Sylvain Chomet, based on a script by Jacques Tati  Animated feature film of a Tati-like character, a performer who is increasingly unable to compete with rock stars; he meets a little girl who becomes a fan, and they set out together for Prague. Written & directed by Sylvain Chomet, based on an unproduced 1956 script by Jacques Tati (said to be written for his estranged daughter); nominated for Best Animated Feature Oscar, won European Film Award for Best Animated Feature, won National Board of Review Spotlight Award
Sony Pictures Classics widescreen color Blu-ray/DVD combo [5/2011] 2 disks for $23.78
Sony Pictures Classics widescreen color DVD [5/2011] out of prodn/used
full credits at IMDbmovie entry at Wikipediaofficial movie site
official Django Films, Edinburgh website



French-Language Books, Audio & Music

"Jacques Tati" [Editions Segheres, France 1968] by Armand Cauliez

Tati book by Sophie Tatischeff & Marc Dondey  "Tati" [1989]
French-language book by Sophie Tatischeff & Marc Dondey

Editions Ramsay 11½x9¾ hardcover [4/2002] out of print import/scarce
Jacques Tati French-language biography by Jean-Philippe Guerand   "Jacques Tati: Biographie" [2001]
French-language book by Jean-Philippe Guerand

French mass pb [2001] import/scarce
Folio Biographies hardcover [11/2007] for €8.65 via Amazon France
Jacques Tati de François le Facteur à Monsieur Hulot book by Stéphane Goudet   "Jacques Tati: de François le Facteur à Monsieur Hulot" [2002]
French-language book by Stéphane Goudet

Cahiers du Cinema Livres 7½x5¼ hardcover [8/2002] import/scarce
Cahiers du Cinema 7½x5¼ hardcover [8/2002] for €8,50 via Amazon France
Jacques Tati film music soundtrack CD by Franck Barcellini  "Jacques Tati" soundtrack album [2002] by Franck Barcellini
includes music from "Jour de Fete", "Mon Oncle", "Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot", and "Play Time"
Travelling Records import soundtrack CD [6/2007] out of prodn/used
Travelling Records soundtrack CD [4/2002] for €13,73 via Amazon France
Les Vacances de Monsieur Tati book by Stéphane Pajot  
"Les Vacances de Monsieur Tati: Hulot à Saint-Marc-sur-Mer" [2003]
French-language book by Stéphane Pajot

Editions d'Orbestier import 8¾x5¾ pb [6/2003] out of print/rare
Editions d'Orbestier hardcover [6/2003] out of print/scarce via Amazon France
Le Jacquot de Monsieur Hulot art book by David Merveille  "Le Jacquot de Monsieur Hulot" [2006]
art book by David Merveille

seems to be 13 drawings without text that unfold from the book
Editions du Rouergue art album [2/2006] out of prodn/used via Amazon France
Les Jours de Fête de Jacques Tati book by Stéphane Pajot  "Les Jours de Fête de Jacques Tati: de Sainte-Sévère-sur-Indre à
Saint-Marc-sur-Mer" [2006]
French-language book by Stéphane Pajot

Editions d'Orbestier hardcover [4/2006] for €14,25 via Amazon France
Music from the Films of Jacques Tati soundtrack CD   "Music From The Films of Jacques Tati" [2007]
Universal Japan soundtrack CD [4/2007] 16 tracks for $32.98
The song/theme titles are "Adios Mario" from Mon Oncle, "Arrangement Sur Les Trois Themes du Film", "Au Drugstore", "Chanson des Forains", "Chemisettes", "Jour de Fete", "Le Vieux Quartier" from Mon Oncle, "Manege", "Musique Strand", "Paris Autrefois", "Paris Circus", "Play Time", "Quel Temps Fait: Il a Paris", "Super Market", "Theme Africain", and "Tiurnee Rapide"

Etaix Dessine Tati / Etaix Draws Tati book by Francis Ramirez & Christian Rolot  "Etaix Dessine Tati (Etaix Draws Tati): Portrait d'une Collaboration"
[2007] by Francis Ramirez & Christian Rolot

Art Création Réalisation hardcover [12/2007] for €71,25 via Amazon France
Art Création Réalisation hardcover [12/2007] import/scarce
Tati Sonorama soundtrack compilation album  "Tati Sonorama!" Limited Edition soundtrack album [2008]
Disk 1 has 38 tracks, Disk 2 has 15 tracks
Phantom Sound & Vision soundtrack CD & booklet [9/2008] 2 disks for $31.98
Travelling Rcds soundtrack CD [9/2008] on 2 disks for €25,38 via Amazon France
Les Grandes Heures, Jacques Tati un Comique de Vocation audio CD   "Les Grandes Heures: Jacques Tati, un Comique de Vocation" [2009]
Audio from a series of televised French-language programs by senior French filmmaker & critic Claude-Jean Philippe on the subject of Jacques Tati and his work
French-language audio CD [3/2009] 13 tracks for €8,53 via Amazon France
Jacques Tati, Deux temps, trois mouvements book by Macha Makeieff & Stéphane Goudet  "Jacques Tati: Deux Temps, Trois Mouvements ..." [2009]
French-language book by Macha Makeieff & Stéphane Goudet

Editions Naïve hardcover [4/2009] for €42,75 via Amazon France
Tati book by Marc Dondey  "Tati" [2009]
French-language book by Marc Dondey

Editions Ramsay hardcover [4/2009] for €37,99 via Amazon France



Works  About  Jacques Tati

"Jacques Tati" [1976] by Penelope Gilliatt
Woburn/Frank Cass hardcover [10/76] out of print/scarce

B.B.C. Omnibus program "Jacques Tati In Monseur Hulot's Work" [1976]
episode details not available; series credits on IMDb

"Jacques Tati: Frame By Frame" [Secker & Warburg UK, 1984] by James Harding

Jacques Tati biography   "Jacques Tati: His Life and Art" [2000]
by David Bellos

Random House UK 7¾x5 pb [9/2001] for $17.16
Harvill Press 9½x6½ hardcover [6/2000] out of print/used

"Tati Story" short film [France 2002, USA Sept 2006]
21-minute biographical film written & directed by Stéphane Goudet; featuring Jacques Tati;
available on the "Play Time" DVD & Blu-ray disks (above); full credits at IMDb

"The Magnificent Tati" documentary [indep 2009]
60-minute color film tracing Jacques Tati's rise from the music hall stage in France to the epic production
of "Play Time" [1967], which prematurely ended his career; co-produced, co-written & directed by Michael House
DVD/Blu-ray not available; full credits at IMDb

"The Quiet Man" biography [DUE Dec 2010?] by Simon Golding  



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