Friday, December 08, 2006

Film My Uncle (Mon Oncle; Jacques Tati, 1958)

As part of the Masters of French Film series at the NC Museum of Art, we saw the delightful 1958 film, Mon Oncle. It was my first exposure to Jacques Tati's work; he directs this film and also stars as the rather clueless uncle M. Hulot to a bored child. The child's father is head of a factory and the mother keeps their satirically portrayed ultra-modern home, with unusual fish fountain turned on whenever somebody to be impressed ventures in, rather antiseptic.

The opening credits below give a sense to the lighthearted spirit of the film. I also found another clip, in French, which shows children teasing passersby with the hapless uncle taking unfair blame.


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