Spontaneous Play in PARADE

Spontaneous Play in PARADE

2 Episodes

Observations on Film Art No. 28

Upon its release in 1974, Jacques Tati’s final film, PARADE—a seemingly off-the-cuff documentary in which the director acts as ringleader of a colorful circus—was viewed by many as a departure from the intricately choreographed comedies for which he was renowned. In this episode of Observations on Film Art, Professor Kristin Thompson takes a closer look at this misunderstood delight to reveal how—in its deft interplay of rehearsed performance and spontaneity—it connects, both stylistically and thematically, to Tati’s larger body of work.

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Spontaneous Play in PARADE
  • Spontaneous Play in PARADE

    Episode 1

    Upon its release in 1974, Jacques Tati’s final film, PARADE—a seemingly off-the-cuff documentary in which the director acts as ringleader of a colorful circus—was viewed by many as a departure from the intricately choreographed comedies for which he was renowned. In this episode of Observations o...

  • Parade
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    Episode 2

    Parade

    Episode 2

    Directed by Jacques Tati • 1974 • France, Sweden

    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, Parade also focuses on ...