Jacques Tati

20 Awesome Holiday Gifts for the Movie Geek in Your Life

Well, kids, holiday shopping season is upon us, and Flavorwire is here to help you figure out what to get the most problematic person on your list: the movie geek, the family film fan with antisocial tendencies and cinematic inclinations. Luckily, there’s an abundance of terrific new books, box sets, and paraphernalia for cinephiles; we’ve picked out some of the… Read More

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The Greatest Silent Comedians of the Sound Era

Attention cinephiles: your new must-have Blu-ray box set is Criterion’s Jacques Tati Collection, which assembles the six features and seven shorts of the exquisite French comic writer/actor/director, offering an immediate refuge from the cruelties of this ugly world. The first of them, the disarmingly lovely Jour de Fête, was released in 1949, which also makes Tati a bit of an anomaly: a performer leaning far more on physical than verbal comedy, yet working well within the sound era. The introduction of sound in the late ‘20s was, among many other things, a demarcation line for screen comedy: most of the silent icons struggled to make the transition (or chose not to make it at all; Chaplin was still making mostly-silent movies like Modern Times in 1936), as studios rushed to fill their talking pictures with talking comedians from the Broadway and vaudeville stage. But a few comic actors through the years have managed to preserve the invaluable comic tool of silence, even as sound raged around them. … Read More

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8 Cinematic Caricatures About the Absurdity of Pop Culture

Federico Fellini introduced us to the “sweet life” in his 1960 comedy La dolce vita, which received the Criterion Blu-ray treatment this week. The distributor writes: … Read More

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10 Great Movies With Minimal Dialogue

When Ryan Gosling appeared in Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive as the brooding, laconic getaway driver and cold-blooded killer in a satin scorpion jacket, cineastes got the Danish director’s reference immediately: Walter Hill’s 1978 film, The Driver. Both movies share multiple narrative similarities and morally ambiguous protagonists known simply as “the driver.” The films also feature minimal dialogue and rely on style, thrills, and the uniqueness of their characters instead of a dense script. The Driver is expected to arrive on Blu-ray July 23. In anticipation of sulking, silent antiheroes, here are ten other movies that ditch their dialogue with impressive results. … Read More

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Flavorpill Guide to the Week’s Top 10 LA Events

There’s so much going on in the City of Angels, it can be hard to keep track of it all. Thanks to the new Flavorpill, we’re inviting the entire community to make suggestions with its gorgeous city-based culture guide — an open platform where our very own editors and curators meet and mingle with artists, gadabouts, and other tipsters for a limitless variety of both ongoing and one-off recommendations. With this in mind, please enjoy our weekly list of hand-picked event suggestions here on Flavorwire, and in the meantime, be sure to check out the new Flavorpill. We’ll see you there. … Read More

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10 of the Most Memorable Summer Vacations on Film

The weather is warming up, college graduation season is here, and The Avengers has just kicked off the summer blockbuster season with record-breaking numbers at the box office. Inevitably, at this time of year, working folk like us begin to fantasize about vacations — a month abroad, perhaps, or at least a long weekend at the beach. But since Memorial Day is still a few weeks away, most of us are just going to have to wait. To help you count down the weeks (or perhaps convince yourself that trips aren’t always all they’re cracked up to be), we’ve rounded up cinema’s most famous summer vacations. Pay a virtual visit to Barcelona, the South of France, and New England’s most beautiful beach towns after the jump, and add to our list in the comments. … Read More

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Fun, Quirky New Posters for Jacques Tati’s ‘Mon Oncle’

Another month, another great series of new film posters by the cinephile designers at the Silver Screen Society. In October, the group is paying tribute to Mon Oncle. The 1958 comedy finds filmmaker and comic genius Jacques Tati reprising his signature future-shocked, pipe-smoking character, Monsieur Hulot, who made his first appearance in 1953’s Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday. It’s no surprise that graphic artists would take such a liking to Mon Oncle — one of the movie’s principal sources of humor is the impracticality of modern architecture and design. See how the SSS depicts Hulot and his surroundings after the jump. … Read More

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Daily Dose Pick: The Illusionist

Triplets of Belleville director Sylvain Chomet uses classic hand-drawn techniques in this sweet and stunning tribute to French auteur Jacques Tati’s unique, dialog-free style.

An aging stage magician makes over a young lady in Chomet’s take on Tati’s unproduced 1950s screenplay. In the present-day animated version of Tati’s story, the titular world-weary traveling illusionist settles in a boarding house for vaudeville performers — including a family of trapeze artists, a suicidal clown, and a ventriloquist — accompanied by a teenage girl who believes his magic is real. … Read More

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Rate-a-Trailer: Triplets of Belleville Director’s The Illusionist

What has the director of the gorgeous animated hit The Triplets of Belleville been doing for the past seven years? Well, after a few setbacks and a scrapped project, Sylvain Chomet is back with The Illusionist, a film about an aging, increasingly obsolete French magician who travels to Scotland and meets a girl who still believes in his magical powers. If that doesn’t have you geeking out yet, film nerds, know this: it’s based on a script that Jacques Tati wrote and never produced. And, of course, the animation is beautiful. The Illusionist comes out December 25th, making it the perfect Christmas gift for children of all ages. Are you as charmed by this first U.S. trailer as we are? … Read More

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Capturing the Spirit of French Cinema: The Prix Louis Delluc Film Series

Tradition has it that every December since 1937, the gatekeepers of French haute cinema assemble at Le Fouquet’s on the Champs-Élysée — a café once frequented by the likes of Charlie Chaplin, François Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard — to select the winner of the Prix Louis-Delluc, France’s most prestigious cinematic award. Named after director and critic Louis Delluc (a man forever known for coining the term “cinéaste”) the prize recognizes the most promising French film of the year, with winners joining the ranks of Criterion-ites Robert Bresson, Jacques Tati, and Alain Robbe-Grillet. … Read More

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