Jacques Tati: His life...
David Bellos
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Jacques Tati: His life and art

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Jacques Tati's Monsieur Hulot, unmistakeable with his pipe, brolly and striped socks, was a creation of sheer slapstick genius that made audiences around the world laugh at the sheer absurdity of life. This biography charts Tati's rise and fall, from his earliest beginnings as a music hall mime during the Depression, to the success of Jour de Fete and Mon Oncle, to Playtim...more
Kindle Edition, 393 pages
Published (first published September 30th 2010)
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Eddie Watkins
Our household recently received a big flat screen lcd tv, gratis from a friend (thanks Felicia! if you even visit this site anymore...), so I've been watching movies from my collection as if for the first time. Last night I put in Tati's Playtime - ONE OF THE GREATEST FILMS OF ALL TIME - and was reminded of this bio. He put his whole life into this film, staking everything... and it flopped, nearly ruining him; but now it stands as a wonderful testament to not only free and precise and uncomprom...more
This is a fascinating biography on one of the great movers in the cinema arts. My friend Kimley reminded me of this book when she put it up on this website.

David Bellos who wrote the bio, is himself quite interesting. He translated some of Georges Perec's fiction as well as writing a major biography on him. I kept thinking 'what is the connection between Perec and Tati?" Which the answer is Tati is very much part of the world of Perec and other giants of the 20th Century. One can see him part o...more
If you're a Tati-fan, this biography is a must read. The stories from the period between M. Hulot's Holiday and Playtime are both amazing and heart breaking. David Bellos has translated Perec, and clearly has a strong interest in the Situationists -- some of these threads were extremely helpful in understanding why I love Tati so much. Delving deeper into Tati's mime and music hall background was also quite instructive.

If you're not familiar with Tati's films, M. Hulot's Holiday, Mon Oncle, and...more
Tony Glover
A detailed but elegantly written book about a comedian who turned everyday activity into art.
Wendy Crittenden
for my thesis, about to crack it open.
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David Bellos is the director of the Program in Translation and Intercultural Communication at Princeton University, where he is also a professor of French and comparative literature. He has won many awards for his translations of Georges Perec, Ismail Kadare, and others, including the Man Booker International Translator’s Award. He also received the Prix Goncourt for George Perec: A Life in Words.
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