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Mon Oncle was the second film (though the first in color) in which director/actor Jacques Tati played the whimsical character of Monsieur Hulot on the screen. The film is a dazzling comic tour de force of intricate slapstick gags and naïve social commentary, stunning technical set pieces, and minimalist staging. The Criterion Collection DVD beautifully showcases this frequently visually stunning film, with an equally stunning digitally remastered transfer. The high-contrast print is always stable and free of video noise or artifacts. Grain is evident at times, but that has more to do with the film stock used and its vintage than with the pristine and careful transfer given to it. The soundtrack, which has likewise been given a major uplift, sounds full and clear throughout. Tati's use of sound was sophisticated, and frequently the punch line to many of his jokes, so the more clear and resonant the soundtrack the better. The film is offered in a 1.33:1 aspect ratio. The framing seems fine, but some visual information appears to be slightly compromised during some of the shots (i.e. the opening credits). Overall, the full-screen picture is excellent. Terry Jones gives a brief and fitting introduction to the film (as with Criterion's release of Tati's first feature, M. Hulot's Holiday, 1953), elaborating a bit on Tati's brilliant comedic timing and his deft use of satire. One of Tati's short films, the hilarious L'ecole des facteurs from 1947, is also available and a welcome addition. The disc's French-only mono soundtrack is available with optional English subtitles.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/06/2004
UPC: 0037429155929
Original Release: 1958
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Sound: [monaural]
Time: 1:56:00

Special Features

Digital transfer, with restored image and sound; Video introduction by writer, director, and performer Terry Jones; "L'école des facteurs," the 1947 short film directed by and starring Jacques Tati; Improved English subtitles translation

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jacques Tati Monsieur Hulot
Jean-Pierre Zola Monsieur Arpel
Alain Becourt Gerald Arpel
Adrienne Servantie Mme. Arpel
Lucien Frégis M. Pichard
Betty Schneider Betty, Landlord's Daughter
Michel Goyot Car Salesman
Yvonne Arnaud Georgette the Maid
Nicolas Bataille Worker
Loriot Actor
Claude Badolle Flea market dealer
Adelaide Danielli Mme. Pichard
André Dino Sweep
Dominique Marie Neighbor
J.F. Martial Walter
Denise Peronne Mademoiselle Fevrier

Technical Credits
Jacques Tati Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Suzanne Baron Editor
Jean Bourgoin Cinematographer
Pierre Etaix Art Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapters
1. Opening titles [:10]
2. Two sides of the fence [1:10]
3. The Arpel family [1:48]
4. Cars [2:52]
5. Downtown [1:19]
6. M. Hulot [2:03]
7. The car trick [5:21]
8. A visitor [3:08]
9. "As each night" [3:15]
10. A dishonest scale [1:27]
11. The phone call [2:30]
12. The job interview [2:13]
13. The neighbor [3:29]
14. Dinnertime [3:12]
15. The whistle trick [5:55]
16. "It's always his uncle!" [5:54]
17. Sunday morning downtown [4:07]
18. The garden party [6:55]
19. ...that Evening [14:20]
20. M. Hulot at work [6:51]
21. "Happy anniversary!" [1:57]
22. Red plastic sausages [13:30]
23. An evening on the town [3:37]
24. A good morning [2:58]
25. Goodbye M. Hulot [4:58]
26. The airport [2:01]

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Mon Oncle 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
rsrey More than 1 year ago
I love the futuristic kitchen and the house designed for "convenience"... with the husband and wife twisting themselves into knots to keep the house running... and my husband loves the dogs running around at the beginning of the film.
Lynmar More than 1 year ago
Loved the mixed of simple and complicated/sophisticated lives!!!!
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