Jour de fête

Jour de fête

Directed by Jacques Tati • 1949 • France

In his enchanting debut feature, Jacques Tati stars as a fussbudget of a postman who is thrown for a loop when a traveling fair comes to his village. Even in this early work, Tati was brilliantly toying with the devices (silent visual gags, minimal yet deftly deployed sound effects) and exploring the theme (the absurdity of our increasing reliance on technology) that would define his cinema.

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Jour de fête
  • Jour de fête

    Directed by Jacques Tati • 1949 • France

    In his enchanting debut feature, Jacques Tati stars as a fussbudget of a postman who is thrown for a loop when a traveling fair comes to his village. Even in this early work, Tati was brilliantly toying with the devices (silent visual gags, minimal yet de...

Extras

  • The 1964 Version of JOUR DE FÊTE

    In 1964, Jacques Tati revisited JOUR DE FÊTE. For this version, he hired animator Paul Grimault to hand paint colors onto objects in the film. He also incorporated newly shot footage, all of it featuring a new character: an artist who appears to be visiting the town of Sainte-Sévère-sur-Indre dur...

  • The 1994 Version of JOUR DE FÊTE

    In 1949, Jacques Tati used two cameras for JOUR DE FÊTE: one loaded with a new color film stock, and the other with black and white, which Tati turned to when unable to get the color film processed. Years later, his daughter Sophie Tatischeff found the color negatives, and in 1994, it was finally...

  • JOUR DE FÊTE: In Search of the Lost Color

    This February 28, 1988, episode of the French television program “Cinéma cinémas” documents the discovery of the negatives that led to the completion of the color version of Jacques Tati’s JOUR DE FÊTE. It features interviews with Tati’s daughter Sophie Tatischeff, producer Fred Orain, and cinema...

  • À l’américaine

    In this 2013 video essay, Jacques Tati scholar Stéphane Goudet tracks the evolution of Tati’s comedy stylings, from their origins in the short films where he first appeared through his ambitious feature productions.