Mon Oncle

Best Foreign Language Film
Academy Awards
Jury Prize
Cannes Film Festival
Palme d’Or
Cannes Film Festival
A voyeuristic comedy in which the only person spying is the audience; 'Rear Window' played for whimsy.


Mon Oncle

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MON ONCLE (1958)
60th Anniversary Screenings
Wednesday, October 17, at 7 PM
Royal, Town Center, and Playhouse

Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present the latest installment in our popular Anniversary Classics Abroad program, 60th anniversary screenings of the Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film of 1958, Jacques Tati’s
Mon Oncle. Tati made only six feature films over the course of his career (including Jour de Fete, Playtime, and Traffic), and this comedy—his first film in color—is considered one of the highlights.

Tati had introduced the character of Mr. Hulot in
Mr. Hulot’s Holiday, his highly praised film from 1953. He once again plays the character of Hulot in this more ambitious satire of modern technology and its dehumanizing effect on family life. Jean-Pierre Zola and Adrienne Servantie play a married couple in thrall to a sterile, workaday world. Alain Becourt plays their young son who finds liberation with his playful uncle.

As in many of Tati’s films,
Mon Oncle pays homage to the masters of silent comedy. There is very little dialogue in the film; instead the humor is visual, where the slightly futuristic settings are as important as the human characters. The ingenious sets were designed by Jacques Lagrange at the Victorine Studios outside Nice. Variety wrote, “Jacques Tati’s film has inventiveness, gags, warmth and a ‘poetic’ approach to satire.” Leonard Maltin declared, “Tati’s first color film is a masterpiece… Continuous flow of sight gags (including the funniest fountain you’ll ever see) makes this easygoing, nearly dialogue-less comedy a total delight.”

The film has also had an enduring impact on many other directors. At the AFI Festival in 2010, David Lynch presented a screening of
Mon Oncle and announced that it was one of the films that had the greatest influence on him.

Director: Jacques Tati
Writers: Jacques Lagrange, Jean L'Hôte and Jacques Tati
Stars: Jacques Tati, Jean-Pierre Zola, Adrienne Servantie, Alain Becourt

Format: DVD
Anniversary Classics, Comedy, French Cinema
Jacques Tati
Jacques Tati, Jean-Pierre Zola, Adrienne Servantie, Lucien Frégis, Betty Schneider, J. F. Martial, Dominique Marie, Yvonne Arnaud, Adélaïde Danieli, Alain Bécourt, Régis Fontenay, Claude Badolle, Max Martel, Nicolas Bataille
Winner, Best Foreign Language Film, Academy Awards
Winner, Jury Prize, Cannes Film Festival
Nominee, Palme d’Or, Cannes Film Festival

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