• Jacques Tati at the 1972 San Francisco Film Festival

    In 1972, PLAYTIME made its U.S. debut at the San Francisco Film Festival. Director Jacques Tati attended the event and participated in a discussion about the film, moderated by program director Albert Johnson. The following are audio excerpts from that conversation.

  • Tati Story

    This 2002 film by Jacques Tati scholar Stéphane Goudet traces Tati’s life and work through clips from his films and rare photos and archival material.

  • Tati Story

    This 2002 film by Jacques Tati scholar Stéphane Goudet traces Tati's life and work through clips from his films and rare photos and archival material.

  • Jacques Tati, 1978

    In this 1978 episode of the French television show “Ciné regards,” Jacques Tati watches clips from his Monsieur Hulot films and talks about his role as both filmmaker and performer.

  • Tempo International: Tativille

    In this 1967 episode of the British television program “Tempo International,” filmmaker Mike Hodges interviews director Jacques Tati on the set of PLAYTIME.

  • Michel Chion on JACQUES TATI

    In this interview, conducted in Paris in 2014, film composer and critic Michel Chion analyzes the sound design in Jacques Tati’s films.

  • Wyatt Cenac on Jacques Tati

  • Magazine: An Homage to Jacques Tati

    In this 1982 episode of the French television show “Magazine,” artist and set designer Jacques Lagrange pays tribute to his friend Jacques Tati through anecdotes about his collaboration with the filmmaker.

  • 30 millions d’amis: Le Hasard de Jacques Tati

    In this 1977 episode of the French television show “30 millions d’amis,” director Jacques Tati introduces his dog, Hasard, and talks about the canine stars of MON ONCLE.

  • My Uncle

    Director Jacques Tati created this version of MON ONCLE for English-speaking audiences, to be released concurrently with the original French version. In it, the Arpel family members converse in English, while the townspeople around them speak French. In some cases, scenes were actually reshot so ...

  • JOUR DE FÊTE: 1994 Version

    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: 1964 Version

    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...

  • PlayTime

    Directed by Jacques Tati • 1967 • France
    Starring Jacques Tati, Barbara Dennek, Georges Montant

    Jacques Tati’s gloriously choreographed, nearly wordless comedies about confusion in an age of high technology reached their apotheosis with PLAYTIME. For this monumental achievement, a nearly three-y...

  • Mon oncle
    Foreign-Language Oscar Winn...

    Mon oncle

    Foreign-Language Oscar Winners - Foreign-Language Oscar Winners

    Directed by Jacques Tati • 1958 • France, Italy
    Starring Jacques Tati, Jean-Pierre Zola, Adrienne Servantie

    Slapstick prevails again when Jacques Tati’s eccentric, old-fashioned hero, Monsieur Hulot, is set loose in Villa Arpel, the geometric, oppressively ultramodern home of his brother-in-law,...

  • Jour de fête

    Directed by Jacques Tati • 1949 • France
    Starring Jacques Tati

    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 visua...

  • Forza Bastia

    Directed by Jacques Tati and Sophie Tatischeff • 1978 • France

    In 1978, Jacques Tati traveled to the city of Bastia on the island of Corsica to document the exuberant lead-up to what would ultimately be a memorably muddy, waterlogged match between the hometown heroes and their visiting Dutch riv...

  • Gai dimanche

    Directed by Jacques Berr • 1935 • France

    Jacques Tati and Enrico Sprocani, a famous clown who went by the name Rhum, cowrote and costar in this twenty-one minute short. Directed by Jacques Berr, it tells the story of a couple of city tramps who hatch a clever moneymaking scheme.

  • School for Postmen

    Directed by Jacques Tati • 1947 • France

    This fifteen minute short, about a clumsy rural postman named Francois, was the first film Jacques Tati directed on his own; he also wrote and stars in it. Tati would reprise the role of Francois in Jour de Fete a few years later.

  • Parade

    Directed by Jacques Tati • 1974 • France, Sweden
    Starring Jacques Tati

    For his final film, Jacques Tati takes his camera to the circus, where the director himself serves as master of ceremonies. Though it features many spectacles, including clowns, jugglers, acrobats, contortionists, and more, P...

  • Trafic
    Wyatt Cenac’s Adventures in...


    Wyatt Cenac’s Adventures in Moviegoing - Adventures in Moviegoing with Wyatt Cenac

    Directed by Jacques Tati • 1971 • France
    Starring Jacques Tati

    In Jacques Tati’s TRAFIC, the bumbling Monsieur Hulot, kitted out as always with tan raincoat, beaten brown hat, and umbrella, takes to Paris’s highways and byways. In this, his final outing, Hulot is employed as an auto company’s di...