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Description - Jacques Tati His Life & Art by David Bellos

The full story of France's greatest cinema legends, a clown whose film-making innovation was to turn everyday life into an art form. acques Tati's Monsieur Hulot, unmistakable with his pipe, brolly and striped socks, was a creation of 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 mine during the Depression, to the success of Jour de F te and Mon Oncle, to Playtime, the grandiose masterpiece that left the once celebrated director bankrupt and begging for equipment to complete his final films. Analysing Tati's singular vision, Bellos reveals the intricate staging of his most famous gags and draws upon hitherto inaccessible archives to produce a unique assessment of his work and its context for film lovers and film students alike.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781860469244
ISBN-10: 1860469248
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 25mm)
Pages: 400
Imprint: The Harvill Press
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Sep-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - David Bellos

David Bellos is a professor of French and Comparative Literature at Princeton where he also chairs the Department of French and Italian. He won the Prix Goncourt de la Biographie for George Perec- A Life in Words. He also won the IBM-France prize for his translated W or The Memory of Childhood, Things- A Story of the Sixties and "53 Days", all major works by George Perec, as well as several works by the Albanian novelist Ismail Kadare.

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