French Film Festival 2009

Retrospective dedicated to the French master of comedy film - featuring almost all of his works. There will also be a showcase of his short films: Watch Your Left, School For Postmen and Evening Classes.

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Jour De Fête Jour De Fête
Jour De Fête and Playtime
Jour De Fête (The Big Day, The Holiday) (Country: France; Year: 1949; Director: Jacques Tati; Writer: Jacques Tati, Henri Marquet, René Wheeler; Stars: Guy Decomble, Jacques Tati, Paul Frankeur, Santa Relli, Maine Vallée, Delcassan, Roger Rafal, Robert Balpo, Jacques Beauvais, Alexandre Wirtz)
Tati's debut about a postman who sees a newsreel about the US mail system and decides to upgrade his deliveries, with comic consequences.
THE MAGNIFICENT TATI (Director: Michael House)
Documentary tracing Tati's rise and fall in the world of cinema.
Monsieur Hulot's Holiday (Les vacances de Monsieur Hulot) (Country: France; Year: 1953; Director: Jacques Tati; Writer: Pierre Aubert, Jacques Lagrange, Henri Marquet, Jacques Tati; Stars: Jacques Tati, Nathalie Pascaud, Micheline Rolla, Valentine Camax, Louis Perrault, André Dubois, Lucien Frégis, Raymond Carl, René Lacourt, Marguerite Gérard, Georges Adlin, Michèle Brabo, Édouard Francomme, Christopher Lee, Suzy Willy)
First appearance for the eponymous Hulot, whose seaside holiday turns into a comedic catastrophe.
Mon oncle (My Uncle, Mr Hulot) (Country: Italy, France; Year: 1958; Director: Jacques Tati; Writer: Jacques Lagrange, Jean L'Hôte, Jacques Tati; Stars: Jacques Tati, Jean-Pierre Zola, Adrienne Servantie, Lucien Frégis, Betty Schneider, Jean-François Martial, Dominique Marie, Yvonne Arnaud, Adelaide Danieli, Alain Bécourt, Régis Fontenay, Claude Badolle, Max Martel, Nicolas Bataille, Daki)
Oscar-winning comedy, sees Monsieur Hulot visit his sister's sterile household, bringing chaos in his wake.
Playtime (Play Time) (Country: France, Italy; Year: 1967; Director: Jacques Tati; Writer: Art Buchwald, Jacques Lagrange, Jacques Tati; Stars: Jacques Tati, Barbara Dennek, Rita Maiden, France Rumilly, France Delahalle, Valérie Camille, Erika Dentzler, Nicole Ray, Yvette Ducreux, Nathalie Jem)
Monsieur Hulot becomes caught up in an American tourist invasion of Paris.
Trafic (Traffic) (Country: Italy, France; Year: 1971; Director: Jacques Tati; Writer: Jacques Tati, Jacques Lagrange, Bert Haanstra; Stars: Jacques Tati, Marcel Fraval, Honoré Bostel, François Maisongrosse, Tony Knepper, Franco Ressel, Mario Zanuelli, Maria Kimberly)
Monsieur Hulot heads out in a gadget-filled camper car to attend the Amsterdam Motor Show causing a string of comic calamities.

Filming sensations Mathieu Amalric on Pierre Léon, Jeanne Balibar and the sounds and colours of Barbara

Character arc Seth A Smith on filming with a two-year-old and bringing marbling to life in The Crescent

Keeping up appearances Marcello Martinessi on cultural conservatism and filmmaking honesty in The Heiresses

A different space Kelly Macdonald on working with Marc Turtletaub on Puzzle

Out of the past Susanna Nicchiarelli on Trine Dyrholm and the costume design in Nico, 1988

The iconic man Jonathan Baker on Becoming Iconic and Inconceivable

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