Jacques Tati

Director, Actor, Screenwriter
Jacques Tati is a chess master of modern film comedy, a creator of complex comic structures in which gag constructions and audience expectations become pawns on his cinematic board. The recurring figure in these games ... Read more »
Born: 10/09/1907 in Le Pecq, Yvelines, FR

Filmography

Writer (9)

The Illusionist 2010 (Movie)

Original Screenplay (Screenplay)

Parade 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Playtime 1972 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Trafic 1969 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mon Oncle 1958 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mr. Hulot's Holiday 1953 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mr. Hulot's Holiday 1953 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

Mr. Hulot's Holiday 1953 (Movie)

(From Story)

Jour De Fete 1951 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Actor (6)

Parade 1973 (Movie)

(Actor)

Playtime 1972 (Movie)

Hulot (Actor)

Trafic 1969 (Movie)

Hulot (Actor)

Mon Oncle 1958 (Movie)

Mr Hulot (Actor)

Mr. Hulot's Holiday 1953 (Movie)

Mr Hulot (Actor)

Jour De Fete 1951 (Movie)

Francois--The Postman (Actor)
Director (6)

Parade 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

Playtime 1972 (Movie)

(Director)

Trafic 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Mon Oncle 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

Mr. Hulot's Holiday 1953 (Movie)

(Director)

Jour De Fete 1951 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (1)

Jour De Fete 1951 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Jacques Tati is a chess master of modern film comedy, a creator of complex comic structures in which gag constructions and audience expectations become pawns on his cinematic board. The recurring figure in these games is Monsieur Hulot (played by the director), a blank-faced comic cipher garbed in a crumbled raincoat and ill-fitting trousers, an ever-present pipe muffling any words he may say, an umbrella clutched in indecisive hands. His determinedly irresolute stride across Tati's expansive canvases is the unlikely spark that sets the comic machinery afire. On the basis of a mere four features ("Mr. Hulot's Holiday" 1953; "Mon Oncle" 1958; "Playtime" 1967; and "Traffic" 1971) over a 20-year period, Tati managed to reshape slapstick comedy, turning it into an intellectual parlor game.

Relationships

Pierre Tatischeff

Son

Sophie Tatischeff

Daughter
died on October 27, 2001 at age 55 after a long illness

Count Tatischeff

Grandfather

Micheline Winter

Wife
married on May 25, 1944

EDUCATION

attended college of arts and engineering, 1924

Lycee Inernational

sent to trade school to learn picture framing and conservation; left after one year

Milestones

1977

Paris distributor paid off Tati's $1.6 million debt and re-released impounded features

1973

Directed first program for Swedish TV, "Parade"

1970

After failure of "Traffic," creditors seized Tati's assets, impounding all his previous features

1961

Created play, "Jour de fete a Olympia", based on "Jour de fete"

1949

Directed and starred in first feature film, "Jour de fete/The Big Day"

1946

Directorial debut, short "L'Ecole des facteurs"

1938

Debut as producer, "Retour a la terre" (also starred)

1934

Major recognition on stage at the Ritz on bill with Maurice Chevalier

1932

Experiments as filmmaker--writing, directing and starring in short, "Oscar, champion de tennis"

1931

Returned to France and became professional cabaret and music hall entertainer

1924

Apprenticed to Spiller's, a British picture-framer, in London (date approximate)

1924

Worked as amateur entertainer, performing sports-related pantomimes in London

Worked briefly as professional rugby player

Bonus Trivia

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Made Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres

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