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Jour de Fête (The Big Day, Holiday) (1948)

Original Title : Jour de fête
Director : Jacques Tati
Writer : Jacques Tati
Henri Marquet
René Wheeler
Genre : Comedy
Country : France
Language : French
Producer : Michel Chauvin , Fred Orain , Pierre Tati
Music : Jean Yatove
Photography : Jacques Mercanton
Jacques Sauvageot
Distributor : Arthur Mayer-Edward Kingsley Inc. [us]
IMDB ID : 0040497
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Jour de Fête (The Big Day, Holiday) (1948) - Jacques Tati
 

Starring

Guy Decomble Roger
Jacques Tati François, the postman
Jacques Tati François, the postman
 

Plot

Once a year the fair comes for one day to the little town 'Sainte-Severe-sur-Indre'. All inhabiters are scoffing at Francois, the postman, what he seems not to recognize. The rising of the flagstaff under his direction nearly leads into a catastrophy - but everybody tells him, how important his work is. Sneering up Francois continues in the evening of the festive day. Made drunk, some 'friends' persuade him to watch a short-movie in a tent. This film is a stunt-show, covered as 'The modern delivery-techniques of the US-post. Francois takes it serious, not recognizing being teased. Next day, after getting sober in a goods wagon, he reorganizes his own delivery-methods. He has not the equipment, as his ideals in the short-movie have, but using only his bicycle, he makes good, funny progresses.
 

Comments

Hilarious «Jour de fête» is a very funny movie about François (played by Jacques Tati himself), the local postman who want to be as fast as the postmen in America. The camera work is excellent so is the cinematography. Very joyful movie too. The music score is great and it's a good way to show «l'ambiance de fête» that lives in the village. I really enjoyed that movie. The only little drawback, and it's not really one, it's the regional french dialect used in this movie. I'm french-speaking and even I had some difficulty to understand some of Tati's lines. 8 out of 10.
 
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