Detroit Film Theatre


Friday, April 30, 2010 – Sunday, May 02, 2010

 Detroit Film Theatre

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(France/1953—directed by Jacques Tati)

Leisure isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be, and that’s never been demonstrated more brilliantly than in this classic, comic masterpiece by the legendary Jacques Tati. Tati himself plays the pipe-smoking, raincoated, charmingly bumbling Monsieur Hulot, determined to have fun on his well-planned, by-the-sea summer holiday despite 87 minutes’ worth of non-stop obstacles. Called “miraculous” by Roger Ebert and “masterful… the funniest and loveliest slapstick imaginable” by The New York Times’ Dave Kehr, this stunning restoration of Tati’s triumph features a visually dazzling image and reworked soundtrack. A relentless tinkerer, Tati himself re-edited his 1953 original twice: in the early 60s, he removed some shots and extended others, while re-mixing the sound, recording a new version of Alain Romans’ score, and adding a new final shot. In 1978 he shot and cut in new footage on the beach. This brand-new, sparkling restoration, working from the much-spliced camera negative and final soundtrack mix, finally allows us to revel in Tati’s definitive vision. (87 min.)

“A film I’d see every other day if I had the time. Tati can zoom in on the absurdity of life without losing his love for human beings.” -David Lynch


Friday, April 30 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 1 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 2 at 2:00 p.m.