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4,301 Ratings


Directed by Jacques Tati
France, Italy, 1967


Clumsy Monsieur Hulot finds himself perplexed by the complexity of a gadget-filled Paris. He attempts to meet with a business contact but soon becomes lost. His roundabout journey parallels that of American tourist Barbara, and as they weave through the urban environment, they intermittently meet.

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The movie not only presents us with evidence of the alienating effects of the post-war modern world, but also an antidote, through a subtle play of comic and democratic performance. In this regard, Tati's film career evolved from his early work as a mime and performance artist.
March 17, 2017
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Monsieur Hulot, the bumbling and kindly protagonist, is not an agent of violence like Caution. Hulot is a ghost, fascinated yet endlessly rejected by the city's sleek, uncompromising interiors and exteriors. It's not at all a dark film, yet Tati was clever in taking international modernism and 1960s American commercial design at its word; if this was a design for ease and bourgeois leisure, then a Paris saturated *by* that ease must necessarily be a playground, a site of fun.
July 10, 2016
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If there's any justification needed for a series titled "See It Big," there's no better than Tati's masterpiece. A rare combination of high modernism and comedy on a massive scale, it's a film that's actually impossible to catch the entirety of on small screen, with simultaneous gags crammed into every plane of Tati's hyper-composed deep-focus images of what appears to be half the population of Paris, plus (why not?) a few cardboard cutouts.
March 04, 2015
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