Jacques Tati: His Life and Art

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A Frenchman of Russian origins, Jacques Tati worked as a picture-framer and a music-hall mime before being drawn into the world of the French cinema and making the films that rank him with the most popular comedy actor/directors in any country. He brought to his films—Jour de Fête, Monsieur Hulot's Holidays, Mon Oncle, Playtime and others—a healthy openness to new technology in movie-making and a rigorous precision, the hallmark of many great clowns, in the execution of each scene. In this, the first complete, ...

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Overview

A Frenchman of Russian origins, Jacques Tati worked as a picture-framer and a music-hall mime before being drawn into the world of the French cinema and making the films that rank him with the most popular comedy actor/directors in any country. He brought to his films—Jour de Fête, Monsieur Hulot's Holidays, Mon Oncle, Playtime and others—a healthy openness to new technology in movie-making and a rigorous precision, the hallmark of many great clowns, in the execution of each scene. In this, the first complete, authoritative biography of the French icon, David Bellos has had the complete collaboration of Tati's daughter, and the freedom to examine hitherto inaccessible archives including film footage, videos, taped interviews, and early drafts of shooting scripts. What emerges is the picture of a man at once dedicated, impassioned, and shy, more an artist than a man of business.

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Editorial Reviews

Margot Norman
Elegantly written and illustrated, brilliantly illuminating about the work . . . Jacques Tati would surely approve. —Literary Review
John Coldstream
The best of the year's biographies . . . David Bellos examines with perception and style. —The Daily Telegraph
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781860469244
  • Publisher: Random House UK
  • Publication date: 7/28/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 405,429
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.95 (d)

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