THE ILLUSIONIST
2010, Sony Pictures Classics, 80 min, France/UK, Dir: Sylvain Chomet

Director Sylvain Chomet (THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE) adapted an unproduced script by French comedy legend Jacques Tati to create this animated delight. In 1959, magician Tatischeff (Jean-Claude Donda) follows his dwindling fortunes from Paris to a remote Scottish island, where he meets young Alice (Eilidh Rankin), who is so amazed by his illusions that she follows him to Edinburgh. “The magically melancholy final act of Jacques Tati's career.” – Roger Ebert. In French, English and Gaelic with English subtitles.


TRAFFIC
1971, Janus Films, 96 min, France, Dir: Jacques Tati

Jacques Tati reinstates M. Hulot, who is given the assignment of escorting a ridiculously gadget-addled, super-deluxe camper from its French factory to the International Automobile Show in Amsterdam. Of course, a comic set of obstacles, detours and mishaps sets the caravan reeling. In French with English subtitles.


THE BIG DAY
JOUR DE FETE
1949, Janus Films, 79 min, France, Dir: Jacques Tati

Jacques Tati’s feature directorial debut is a priceless showcase for his comedic talents, as he plays a mailman attempting to streamline delivery in his small town. He soon finds his attempts at modernization and a coinciding Bastille Day celebration don’t mix. In French with English subtitles.


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