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Jacques Tati

Knowledge Identifier: +Jacques_Tati


Jacques Tati

French filmmaker add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1907.

Countries: France (52%), United States (14%), Italy (7%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Mon Oncle, Monsieur Hulot, Meuse

Linked to: American Film Institute, British Film Institute, Lloyds Bank, Pathe




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Jacques Tati was born in 1907 add something


He left school in 1923 at the age of 16 to take up an apprenticeship in the family business, where he was trained as a picture framer by his grandfather add something


Between 1927 and 1928 he completed his military national service at Saint-Germain-en-Laye with the Cavalry's 16th Regiment of Dragoons add something


During the 1930s he performed at the Scala in Berlin between 1937 and 1938, and began to experiment with film acting in the following shorts: add something


Between 1931 and 1932 the global economic crisis reached France at the same time he left both the Racing Club de France and, to his family's disapproval, his apprenticeship at Cadres Van Hoof add something


Each year from 1931 to 1934 he would participate in an amateur show organised by Alfred Sauvy add something


Although he had likely played music hall engagements before, his act was first mentioned in 1935, when he performed at the gala for the newspaper "Le Journal" to celebrate the French victory in the competition to set the transatlantic crossing record from Normandy add something


After his success there, Tati tried to make it in London, playing a short season at the Finsbury Park Empire in March 1936 add something


Rene Clement - In 1936, he directed his first film, a 20 minute short written and featuring Jacques Tati


In September 1939 Tati was conscripted back into his 16th Regiment of Dragoons which was incorporated into the 3rd Division Legere de Cavalerie add something


Returning to Paris, Tati resumed his civilian profession as a cabaret performer, finding employment at Léon Volterra's Lido de Paris, where he performed his "Sporting Impressions" from 1940-42 add something


The 3rd DLC retreated from Meuse to Mussidan in the Dordogne where the division was demobilised after the Armistice was declared on the 22nd of June, 1940 add something


He saw action in the Battle of the Meuse, in May 1940, when the German Army marched through the Ardennes into northern France add something


Due to pressure from his sister Nathalie, Tati refused to recognise the child and was forced by Volterra to depart from the Lido at the end of the 1942 season add something


In the summer of 1942 Herta gave birth to their daughter, Helga Marie-Jeanne Schiel add something


In 1943, after a short engagement at the ABC, where Édith Piaf was headlining, Tati left Paris under a cloud, with his friend Henri Marquet, and they settled in the Village of Sainte-Sévère-sur-Indre add something


In 1944, Tati returned to Paris and, after a brief courtship, married Micheline Winter add something


In early 1946 Jacques Tati and Fred Orain founded the production company Cady-Films, which would produce Tati's first three films add something


On October 23, 1946 Tati fathered his second child, Sophie Catherine Tatischeff add something


Encouragingly, L'École des facteurs was enthusiastically well received upon release, winning the Max Linder Prize for film comedy in 1947 add something


Tati filmed it in 1947 in the village of Sainte-Sévère-sur-Indre where he had found refuge during the war add something


Due to the reluctance of French distributors, "Jour de fête" was first successfully released in London in March 1949 before obtaining a French release on 4 July 1949, where it became a great public success, receiving the 1950 Le Grand prix du cinéma français add something


Jour de Fete - "'Jour de Fête"' is a 1949 French comedy film directed by Jacques Tati


The film is set in Scotland in the late 1950s add something


Comedy film - A number of French comedians were able to find an English speaking audience in the 1950s, including Fernandel and Jacques Tati


Monsieur Hulot - "'Monsieur Hulot"' is a character created and played by French comic Jacques Tati for a series of films in the 1950s and '60s, namely "Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot" , "Mon Oncle" , "Play Time" and "Trafic"


Pierre Etaix - Born and raised in Roanne, France, Pierre Étaix moved to Paris in 1954. to work as an illustrator and cabaret performer He met the filmmaker and clown Jacques Tati, and began to help Tati work on the project that later became "Mon Oncle", on which Étaix served as assistant director


In 1955 he suffered a serious car accident that physically impaired his left hand add something


The semi-autobiographical script that Tati wrote in 1956 was released internationally as an animated film "The Illusionist" in add something


Then a dispute with Fred Orain ensued and Tati broke away from Cady Films to create his own production company, Spectra Films, in 1956 add something


"The film is based on an unproduced script that the French mime, director and actor Jacques Tati had written in 1956 as a personal letter to his estranged eldest daughter, Helga Marie-Jeanne Schiel in collaboration with long term writing partner Henri Marquet between Mon Oncle and Play Time add something


André Bazin, founder of the influential journal "Cahiers du cinéma", wrote in his 1957 essay, "Fifteen Years of French Cinema", that, add something


Tati's next film, 1958's "Mon Oncle" , was his first film to be released in colour add something


"After the success of Mon Oncle in 1958, Jacques Tati had become fed up with Monsieur Hulot, his signature comic creation add something


Mon Oncle - "'Mon Oncle"' is a 1958 comedy film by French filmmaker Jacques Tati


Mar del Plata Film Festival - During the 1960s several well-known guests appeared, including: Paul Newman, Alberto Sordi, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Vittorio Gassman, Toshir? Mifune, François Truffaut, Karel Reisz, Catherine Deneuve, Juan Antonio Bardem, Anthony Perkins, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Maria Callas, Cantinflas, Andrzej Wajda, Jacques Tati, Lee_Strasberg, George Hamilton


L'Arlequin - In 1962 Jacques Tati acquired the cinema and renamed it L'Arlequin


"Play Time" was originally 155 minutes in length, but Tati soon released an edited version of 126 minutes, and this is the version that became a general theatre release in 1967 add something


In 1969, with reduced ambition, Jacques Tati created a new production company, CEPEC, to oversee his opportunities in movie and TV production add something


Jonathan Rosenbaum - Rosenbaum moved to Paris in 1969, working briefly as an assistant to director Jacques Tati and appearing as an extra in Robert Bresson's "Four Nights of a Dreamer"


Both Pierre and Sophie would go on to work in the French film industry in various capacities, beginning in the early 1970s add something


The Dutch-funded "Trafic" , although originally designed to be a TV movie, received a theater release in 1971 and placed Monsieur Hulot back at the centre of the action add something


Spectra Films was placed into administration, concluding in the liquidation of the company in 1974, with an auction of all movie rights held by the company for little more than 120,000 francs add something


Tati's last completed film, "Parade", a film produced for Swedish television in 1973, is more or less a filmed circus performance featuring Tati's mime acts and other performers add something


What would have been its title track, "Confusion", appears on Sparks' 1976 "Big Beat" album with the internal sleeve of its 2006 re-mastered CD featuring a letter announcing the pending collaboration, as well as a photo of the Mael brothers in conversation with Tati add something


In 1977, he received an honorary "César" from the French Film Institute for his lifetime contribution to cinema add something


In 1979, a copy of the film was revised again to 108 minutes, and this re-edited version was released on VHS video in 1984 add something


Jerome Deschamps - In 1979 Jérôme Deschamps was advised by Jacques Tati on "Les Oubliettes" and created a play "Les Deschiens" from Antoine Vitez's commission for the Ivry spring

Jacques Tati died in 1982 add something


Weakened by serious health problems, Tati died on 4 November 1982, of a pulmonary embolism, leaving a final scenario called "Confusion" that he had completed with Jacques Lagrange add something


The colour version was restored by his younger daughter, film editor and director Sophie Tatischeff, and released in 1995 add something


In 2000, the screenplay was handed over to Chomet by Tati's daughter, Sophie, two years before her death add something


His younger daughter, Sophie Tatischeff, later edited the remaining footage, which was released in 2002 after her own death from lung cancer in 2001 add something


Sylvain Chomet - According to the 2006 reading of The Illusionist script at the London Film School introduced by Chomet, "The great French comic Jacques Tati wrote the script of "The Illusionist" and intended to make it as a live action film with his daughter


Accessed 2010-08-19 "with The Guardian" reporting, add something


As guest Artistic Director at AFI FEST 2010, David Lynch selected Tati's "Mon Oncle" alongside "Hour of the Wolf" , "Lolita" , "Rear Window" and "Sunset Boulevard" to be screened in his sidebar program, explaining that, add something


In August 2012 the British Film Institute, polled 846 critics, programmers, academics and distributors to find "The Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time" and Play Time was voted 42nd in the list In the corresponding Directors Poll by the BFI, Playtime was awarded the accolade of being seen as the 37th greatest film of all time by his fellow directors add something


In 2014, Jacques Tati DVD and Blu-Ray box with all his short and long film digitally restored has been published worldwide add something