Pierre is married to Florence. Everything is fine in their relationship and at work. Director of his father-in-law’s factory, he spends his daytime signing checks and his evening watching TV. The years pass by drearily until a young new secretary shows up. He falls in love with her and starts to dream… Pierre Etaix’ fourth feature, The Great Love is co-written with Jean-Claude Carrière. It is the Etaix’s first feature in color. –Cannes Film Festival
Pierre Étaix (born 23 November 1928, Roanne, Loire) is a French clown, comedian and filmmaker. Étaix made a series of acclaimed short- and feature-length films in the 1960s, many of them co-written by influential screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière. He has won an Academy Award.
As an actor, assistant director and gag writer, Étaix has worked with the likes of Jacques Tati, Robert Bresson, Nagisa Oshima, Otar Iosseliani and Jerry Lewis, who cast the comedian in his unreleased film The Day the Clown Cried.
Born and raised in Roanne, France, Pierre Étaix moved to Paris in 1954 to work as an illustrator and cabaret performer. He met the filmmaker and clown Jacques Tati, and began to help Tati work on the project that later became Mon Oncle, on which Étaix served as assistant director. Two years later, Étaix made his first short films: Rupture and Heureux Anniversaire; the latter won Étaix an Academy Award for Best Short Subject. The films also marked the first produced screenplays… read more
The Devil appears to torment Méliès in his sleep: by showing him the future of cinema, in Pierre Etaix’s The Nightmare of Méliès.
As Pierre Etaix’s films finally get shown in the US, a look at Etaix’s illustrations for Jacques Tati and at the posters for his own films.