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3.5
305 Ratings

Parade

Directed by Jacques Tati
France, Sweden, 1974
Comedy, TV Movie

Synopsis

For his final film, Jacques Tati takes his camera to the circus. Though it features many spectacles, including clowns, jugglers, acrobats, contortionists, and more, Parade also focuses on the spectators, making this stripped-down work a testament to the communion between audience and entertainment.

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Parade Directed by Jacques Tati

Critics reviews

After the show is over, two little kids come onstage, stumble about, play with balloons, try to juggle, and then blow into horns—at which point the orchestra is heard on the soundtrack, and Tati watches them from the audience. What makes this sequence so incredibly moving is that Tati created a scene that transcends the mechanized horrors of Playtime and the mishaps of Traffic. Only in the play of the youngest children… is the conflict between understanding and misunderstanding transcended.
February 11, 2010
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Tati was the first major filmmaker to shoot a feature in video, and he brought to this challenge the same sort of innovative craft that he brought to the movie — although the technical options available in video in 1973 were far from what they are today.
March 31, 1991
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What are people saying?

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Parade

    Surprised this has such a low rating! Yes, I suppose it's not really a proper "film", but like Stop Making Sense, I'd be happy to have it constantly play on a loop in the background of my life, for me to dip in and out of. You have to watch it the way you watch any Tati movie: observing how the little details express a fondness for human nature (the audience is part of the show). A lovely coda.

  • Brendan's rating of the film Parade

    Severely underrated Tati. It's just as personally expressive, fun, and deceptively simple as his best works!

  • Karthik's rating of the film Parade

    I disagree with the comments below: this is a fantastic film! Yes, it doesn't have the virtuosic frame jammed with event of Playtime, or the signature rhythm and movement of M Hulot (which is never sth I have loved), but it is a thoroughly personal & achieved film by Tati. One that tries to distribute ("democritize" Tati would say though I don't know about that) perception away from the sacred center of Performance..

  • Richmond Hill's rating of the film Parade

    A Curate’s Egg if ever there were one: a plain rendering of a circus performance on the one hand, a kind-of deconstruction of it on the other. Balance taken, its the more the former as transfers from video to film always seem suspended in aspic and we’ve seen these routines umpteen times before. Tati himself is always welcome, but it’s a reverential bow to a master rather than something fresh.

  • Lynch/Fellini's rating of the film Parade

    As a big fan of Jacques Tati, I'm glad I saw this film. However, it was a sheer disappointment. It is said that he was depressed at the end of his life and it kind of shows here. It was as if he was just putting it together without any heart or soul, which filled all of his other films. This one just seemed dead and I feel bad saying negative things about it because I know he was not in a good state making it. :(

  • HSBilly's rating of the film Parade

    the final works of tati just as the show is over, but there's child who still playing with toys, just like tati in my heart, always make me charmed.

  • Rock and Bull's rating of the film Parade

    Disappointing final film from Tati. It still has some good moments though. In theory this is the ideal Tati film, a movie about a circus and its audience. There are some perfect Tati moments that are ruined by bluntness. Seeing these makes you realize just how important the distance Tati keeps the camera from his subjects is. A lot of the film is like a straight documentary. Tati at his worst but I'm glad I saw it.

  • Gylfi's rating of the film Parade

    Tati's last film is in my opinion also his weakest. It must have been a very personal project for him, showing us the place where he got started in the 1930s. But for me the film just doesn't have the same drive and confidence as his earlier work and ends up leaving almost nothing behind after viewing it. I liked some scenes in it and the nostalgia in the air but I don't see much replay value.

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