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Lost Classics Roundtable: Mon Oncle
January 15, 2021 @ 7:00 pm$10
“Jacques Tati is the great philosophical tinkerer of comedy, taking meticulous care to arrange his films so that they unfold in a series of revelations and effortless delights.” – Roger Ebert
Filmmaker Joan Tewkesbury, editor-producer Paul Barnes, and curator-scholar Mara Fortes lead us once more into the world of another vital classic—Jacques Tati’s hilarious spectacle, Mon Oncle. Tati’s 1958 satirical and often slapstick interpretation of modern living easily resonates with today’s world; presenting a whimsical, charming critique on the ridiculous nature of consumerism and mechanized living. We follow Tati’s reoccurring hero, Monsieur Hulot, as he comically navigates the geometric, oppressively ultramodern home and garden of his brother-in-law. Mon Oncle earned Tati the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Registrants will receive a free streaming link for the film to be viewed prior to the talk.
About MON ONCLE: Genial, bumbling Monsieur Hulot (Jacques Tati) loves his top-floor apartment in a grimy corner of the city, and cannot fathom why his sister’s family has moved to the suburbs. Their house is an ultra-modern nightmare, which Hulot only visits for the sake of stealing away his rambunctious young nephew (Alain Becourt). Hulot’s sister (Adrienne Servantie), however, wants to win him over to her new way of life and conspires to set him up with a wife and job. (USA, 1958, 116m)
January 15, 7 pm MST | Zoom, $10