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    WATCH: Jacques Tati's 1947 Slapstick Short 'School for Postmen' Reveals the French Master's Early Comic Genius

    The Guardian has debuted a rare early short from comedy maestro Jacques Tati, 1947's "The School for Postmen." As usual, the French auteur writes, directs and stars in this witty 16-minute film brimming with the kind of subtly orchestrated slapstick that would come to define his career, from "M. Hul...

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    The Complete Jacques Tati Boxset & 'La Dolce Vita' Anchors The Criterion Collection October Releases

    For the most part, The Criterion Collection tends to serve up four or five films each month, and perhaps something in their Eclipse line of down and dirty releases. But this October, they've got something coming that's so big, they've drawn back on anything else except for one seminal western and th...

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    Exclusive: 'Illusionist' Director Sylvain Chomet Talks Jacques Tati, & Why His Next Film Will Be 3D

    'Triplets Of Belleville' Animator Also Chimes In On Where Pixar Should Be Headed & What Happened With His Venture Into Hollywood"The Illusionist," which opened over the weekend, is French filmmaker Sylvain Chomet's first animated film since his breakthrough "Triplets of Belleville" (you're probably already humming the Oscar-nominated song right now). It's the tender and touching tale of an aging magician (modeled after French comedy master Jacques Tati whose Mr. Hulot character is beloved and legendary), whose abandoned script the film is based on) who befriends a young Scottish girl. Virtually wordless, the movie will take your breath away, ...

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    film review—THE ILLUSIONIST

    I have nothing but admiration for Sylvain Chomet’s The Illusionist, a heartfelt homage to the great filmmaker and comedic artist Jacques Tati, based on one of his unproduced screenplays. But I wanted to love the film wholeheartedly, and I didn’t.

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