Bicycles and Tati!

Cool photo.

Two of my favourite things: Bicycles and Jacques Tati.

I guess he might be an acquired taste, but the movies of Jacques Tati are my absolute favourites.

Especially Jour de Fete, where he plays Francois, a country postman who delivers his mail by push bike,and Les Vacances de M. Hulot, about the beach summer holiday adventures of a bumbling bachelor.

Jour de Fete

Les Vacances de M. Hulot is ranked number 49 in empire online’s 100 Best Films of World Cinema.

If you’ve never seen a Jacques Tati movie before, I urge you to see at least one of the two above.

Be warned, though, you are entering the world of 1950s France, there is virtually no dialogue, just a lot of playful tomfoolery, and the tempo is very laid back.

For me Tati’s movies, provide a simple joy. They have a delightful purity and innocence and remind me to maintain my love of life.

Tati is also a fantastic visual comic.

I recall watching a scene in Les Vacances de M. Hulot where Monsieur Hulot (the protagonist) has a flat tyre in his old wreck of a car and he has to jack it up to change the wheel.

He inadvertantly places the jack first under one lady sitting in the back seat, then another, jacking them each into the air in turn before realising his mistake.

Mr Hulot jacking his passengers

I was rolling on the floor in laughter.

Really, these are very good movies.

Fantastic portrait of Tati!

Here is a Youtube upload of a movie he made before Jour de Fete. He replicated most of this for Jour de Fete, so it gives you a good idea of what to expect.


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