Jacques Tati His Life & Art

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Random House, Sep 30, 2010 - Fiction - 400 pages
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Jacques Tati's Monsieur Hulot, unmistakeable with his pipe, brolly and striped socks, was a creation of sheer slapstick genius that made audiences around the world laugh at the sheer absurdity of life. This biography charts Tati's rise and fall, from his earliest beginnings as a music hall mime during the Depression, to the success of Jour de Fete and Mon Oncle, to Playtime, the grandiose masterpiece that left the once delebrated director bankrupt and begging for equipment to complete his final films. Analysing Tati's singular vision, Bellos reveals the intricate staging of his most famous gags and draws upon hitherto inaccessible archives to produce a unique assessment of his work and its context for film lovers and film students alike.
 

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Bellos has written a perfectly balanced personal biography and artistic critique of Jaques Tati's work in mime and cinema. Anyone who has caught the Tati 'bug' watching his very limited out output of ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
One French Family Tatischeff
Two The Framing Business
Four Tatis University
Five Les Copains
Six Down and
Seven Oscar Roger and Rhum
Fourteen Mr Byrnes and M Blum
Thirtysix Fish in Water
Thirtyseven Towers of Babel
Thirtynine TatiTV
Forty Rescue from the North
Fortyone Mirrors of Motors
Fortytwo On Tour On Show
Fortythree A French Fortnight

Eight Sporting Impressions
Ten The Centaur
Eleven MakeBelieve
Twelve Tatis
Thirteen The Way Back
Fortyfive Confusion
Epilogue
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David Bellos is a professor of French and Comparative Literature at Princeton where he also chairs the Department of French and Italian. He won the Prix Goncourt de la Biographie for Georges Perec: A Life In Words. He also won the IBM-France prize for his translation of Perec's Life A User's Manual. He has translated W or The Memory of Childhood, Things: A Sotry of the Sixties and "53 Days", all major works by Georges Perec, as well as several works by the Albanian novelist Ismail Kadare.

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