mon oncle

Sometimes when you find there’s nothing you want to watch on tv, you reach for a dvd of a favourite film.

The French film-maker Jacques Tati made a string of classics that bear repeated viewings.

The visual gags are a delight and each time I see ‘Playtime’ or ‘Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday’ or ‘Jour de Fete’, there seem to be new things to enjoy.

Re-watching ‘Mon Oncle,’ Tati’s 1958 Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language film, it’s the music that I’ve had going round in my head.

According to the film’s credits, it’s by Franck Barcellini and Alain Romans, whose music for the earlier ‘Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday’ I blogged about at the start of the year – ‘En Vacances’ – 25th January 2012

Tati was clearly a jazz lover as all the themes for his films demonstrate, and the music complements the action perfectly.

I didn’t get ‘Mon Oncle’ the first time I saw it.

But once you appreciate what Tati is about, you realise that he’s up there with Chaplin and Keaton when it comes to visual humour with the added dimension of his own unique sound world.

Mon Oncle – opening sequence

Mon Oncle – documentary extract

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