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JOUR DE FETE

Written in 2013 for an expensive book on Jacques Tati prepared for Taschen by Alison Castle but still unpublished and apparently unscheduled five years later. I wrote separate essays on each of Tati’s features for this volume. — J.R. &nb...

MON ONCLE

Written in 2013 for a forthcoming Taschen publication. — J.R. Mon Oncle   1. Preparations and Preludes   A lot of thoughts and deliberations preceded each of Tati’s half-dozen features, which is one of the reasons why a fairly long...

MR. HULOT’S HOLIDAY

 Written in 2013 for a forthcoming Taschen publication. — J.R. Mr. Hulot’s Holiday 1. Tati as traditionalist, Tati as experimenter There’s a clear and consistent see-sawing pattern that can be traced over the course of Tati’s half-do...

TRAFIC

Written in 2013 for a forthcoming Taschen publication. — J.R. Trafic   1. The Reluctant Return of Monsieur Hulot   “On the basis of my intentions, Trafic could have been shot before PlayTime,” Tati said to me in late 1972, when I m...

PARADE

Written in 2013 for a forthcoming Taschen publication. — J.R.   Parade 1.Why is Parade Tati’s least known feature? It’s surprising how many of Jacques Tati’s fans still haven’t seen his last feature, and in some cases don’t even know about i...

The Color of Paradise

From the Chicago Reader (January 16, 1998). — J.R. Jour de fête Rating **** Masterpiece Directed by Jacques Tati Written by Tati, Henri Marquet, and Rene Wheeler With Jacques Tati, Paul Frankeur, Guy Decomble, Santa Relli, and Maine Vallee....

The World as a Circus

I continue to find it astonishing that a film as important as Jacques Tati’s Parade continues to be ignored and unrecognized as a radical statement, even after the recent rediscoveries of all his other features. It’s the only one of his...

The Death of Hulot

...as about ten years ago, in late November 1972, that I first took the No. 163 bus from Porte de Champerret in Paris to Jacques Tati’s office in la Garenne-Colombes, just around the corner from an unassuming street known as Rue de Plaisance. With...

Tati’s Democracy: An Interview and Introduction

This article and interview was originally published in the May-June 1973 issue of Film Comment, roughly half a year after the interview took place. I went to work for Tati as a script consultant several weeks after I had the interview, but well befo...

Jacques Tati: Composing in Sound and Image

Written in Summer 2014 for the seven-disc Criterion Blu-Ray box set, “The Complete Jacques Tati”, and posted on Criterion’s web site on October 28. — J.R. Even though he was a skilled pantomimist, it’s impossible to imagine...

PLAYTIME

...tics, I’ve generally known and written it as Playtime, but the final draft of the screenplay in late 1964 called it only Film Tati No. 4. Other early and tentative titles included Récreation (Recess) and La grande ville (The Big City).  In 1979, base...

Jacques Tati’s TRAFIC on Criterion DVD

This review appeared originally in Fanzine, 6/26/08. –J.R. Given the size of his achievement, it’s astonishing that Jacques Tati made only half a dozen features, none of them bad. But if I had to single out any of these as a lesser work, I’d...

Paris Journal (on PLAYTIME) (Winter 1971-72)

From Film Comment, Winter 1971-72. This was my second Paris Journal for that magazine, and my first extended effort to write about Playtime. -– J.R. All five of Jacques Tati’s films have musical backgrounds of such surpassing unsubtlety that...

Jacques Tati, by David Bellos

From the Summer 2000 issue of Cineaste, Vol. XXV, No. 3. — J.R. Jacques Tati by David Bellos. London: The Harvill Press, 1999. 382 pp., illus. Hardcover: £25. In some ways, this is a better biography of Jacques Tati than we had cause to expec...