1958. France/Italy. Jacques Tati. 120 min.
Thursday, September 10, 2009, 8:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
1958. France/Italy. Directed by Jacques Tati. Screenplay by Tati, Jacques Lagrange, Jean L’Hôte. With Tati, Jean-Pierre Zola, Alain Becourt, Adrienne Servanti. “Once a comic icon to rival Chaplin, Jacques Tati has been increasingly overlooked in recent decades. And yet his films, which chronicle the tug-of-war between nature and technology, have never been more relevant. In 1958’s Oscar-winning Mon Oncle, Tati’s everyman alter ego, Monsieur Hulot, navigates a dehumanized modernity in which stark suburban mansions isolate inhabitants obsessed by gadgetry. How prescient was Tati’s vision? Answer that question the next time you bypass the bookstore for your Kindle, or Twitter instead of talking” (Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News). NYFCC Best Foreign Film, 1958. In French; English subtitles. 120 min.
In the Film exhibition Critical Favorites: The New York Film Critics Circle at 75
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