le site officiel de jacques tati
- dave 12-27-2002 1:04 am

i don't get it. i had to install flash 6 to see it, then the english link didn't work. so i watched the my uncle thing, and i didn't get it. i didn't get the bouncy thing. the thing that fell out of his medecine cabinet. i just don't get any of it; i don't understand.
- pamela 12-27-2002 5:02 am [add a comment]

No offense, Dave, but that site's a rough go! I had to hit Ctrl+Alt+Delete to exit pages. They should just should put up jpegs and convert the text to html. We want to know about the genius of Tati the filmmaker, not the genius of the page designers. --sincerely, "Anti-Flash"
- tom moody 12-27-2002 6:21 am [add a comment]

  • waaaaah. [crtl+esc] im sure tati would have appreciated the irony with regards to the excesses of modernity.
    - dave 12-27-2002 9:35 am [add a comment]

    • Saw "Playtime" last month on dvd. It had been years. He'd have loved internet cafes.
      - steve 12-27-2002 10:13 am [add a comment]

      • that was my favorite of the three ive seen recently -- mon oncle, m. hulots holiday and playtime.
        - dave 12-27-2002 11:18 am [add a comment]

      • Mine too. I loved Holliday as a kid. I saw it again ten years ago and it seemed a bit stale. Sound has always been a big part of his films, he puts it to good use in Holliday but by Playtime he had it mastered. Some of the funniest bits are the "overly long" shots of people walking down office corridors, the endless tapping of their feet. In comparison Holliday seems too slapstick.
        - steve 12-27-2002 9:38 pm [add a comment]

"Rapidité, rapidité, rapidité."
- rachael 12-27-2002 8:38 pm [add a comment]

  • Is that French for "tap tap tap?" Or perhaps the sound of someone adjusting their posterior on the vinal cushion of an Eames chair?
    - steve 12-27-2002 9:40 pm [add a comment]

The only film I've seen of his is, I'm pretty sure, Traffic. There's an insanely long sequence with a bunch of tourists bustling about in a restaurant, moving from seat to seat while waiters try to serve everyone. The whole time there's some kind of African or Caribbean music playing, heavy on the rhythm, with the same series of notes played over and over on a Farfisa organ (proto-Techno). I'm pretty sure the camera just stays in one place recording all the movements (proto-Webcam).
- tom moody 12-27-2002 9:57 pm [add a comment]

  • i think it was Playtime. and while there are many long takes, there was probably more camera movement than you remember. although there are few if any close-ups or point of view shots and the action is always at a distance and feels subordinate to the locations and architecture.
    - dave 12-28-2002 12:02 am [add a comment]

  • I'm pretty sure that was Playtime.
    Tom, rent the film, it's the cinematic grandfather of techno.
    - steve 12-28-2002 12:17 am [add a comment]

  • You're right--Playtime it was. One of the tourists is a boor with a Texas accent; I remember him corralling a bunch of chairs and telling people "We're going to have our own little beestro here." Funny how louts from my home state stick in my memory.
    - tom moody 12-28-2002 12:19 am [add a comment]

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