• Night Class

    1966. France. Nicolas Ribowski, Jacques Tati. 30 min.

  • Parade

    1974. Sweden/France. Jacques Tati. 75 min.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009, 1:30 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1

  • Night Class

    1966. France. Directed by Nicolas Ribowski, Jacques Tati. In this comic diversion, made on the set of Playtime, Tati offers a master class in pantomime to a group of overly earnest students. In French; English subtitles. 30 min.

  • Parade

    1974. Sweden/France. Directed by Jacques Tati. Written and directed by Tati. A joyous and touching swan song, made for Swedish television (and shot by Gunnar Fischer, Ingmar Bergman’s cameraman, and Jean Badal), in which Tati returns to his music-hall roots by saluting that most popular and democratic of art forms: the circus, where the spectacle of life in the crowd and in the center ring become one and the same. The film offers a delightful chance to see Tati performing his legendary Sporting Impressions—Colette wrote in 1936 of his equestrian routine that “Jacques Tati, the horse and rider conjoined, will show all of Paris the living image of that legendary creature: the centaur”—and Anthony Lane of The New Yorker observes, “[We] gain a touching sense, as with Buster Keaton, of skills learned and burnished with such graceful application in an artist’s springy youth that, like his best friends, they remain in service through the fall and winter of his career; the habits of the body are thankfully more ingrained than any ideas concocted by the mind, and always, in some mysterious way, more telling than the motions of the soul. The great cycle of life, for Jacques Tati, was not so much a matter of cosmic truth as something that you pedaled into a hedge. Both, of course, could be a pain in the ass.” In French; English subtitles. 75 min.

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