It’s #tatiday today. A celebration of Jacques Tati

Jacques TatiTo celebrate the great French comedian Jacques Tati and the release of the restored version of one of his films, Playtime.

Not only that, the rest of his films have also been given the 4K treatment and a season at the BFI Southbank. A series that any lovers of visual comedy has to go and see.

I would love to put these films into an order of greatness but some are hard to do. Also, I’m against putting films into any order. With this, I have put them in alphabetical order with the exception of Playtime as this is the film that is opening the season.

He is best known for his great character Monsieur Hulot. A character that you can see that became the basis a certain Ronald Actkinson character, Mr Bean.

Not only can you seen trailers from the films [ where I can find them ] but a great scene from Mon Oncle that shows you his genius of comedic timing. Not only that the use of props are wonderful. With a great punchline that you do see coming a mile away but you don’t care…

Playtime [1967]

Considered by many to be his masterpiece, PlayTime was the most ambitious yet risky and expensive work of Tati’s career. Monsieur Hulot is set on contacting an American official in the hope of securing a job in a high tech version of Paris. Whilst on his way he encounters a group of female American tourists, resulting in all manner of chaos.

Jour de Fete [1949]

Jacques Tati’s award-winning feature debut – a dazzling blend of satire and slapstick is early evidence of his unique talent. Acclaimed by international critics as an innovative comic masterpiece, Jour de fete is an hilarious expose of the modern obsession with speed and efficiency, set amidst the rural surroundings of a tiny French village.

Mon Oncle [1958]

Monsieur Hulot visits the technology-driven world of his sister, brother-in-law, and nephew, but he can’t quite fit into the surroundings.

Parade [1974]

Two children go behind the scenes of a small circus where they encounter Jacques Tati.

Trafic [1971]

Mr. Hulot drives a recreational vehicle from Paris to Amsterdam in his usual comic, disasterous style.

Vacance de M Hulot (M Hulot’s Holiday) [1953]

Monsieur Hulot comes to a beachside hotel for a vacation, where he accidentally (but good-naturedly) causes havoc.

I will leave you with what Jacques said about his most famous character

Of course there is a bit of me in Hulot, but there is also a bit of all of you.