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Sunday 7 February 2016: Gai Dimanche + Les Vacances de Mr. Hulot


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Show 1 – 05:45 pm
Show 2 – 08:00 pm

Released in 1935 and rarely seen today, Gai Dimanche offers brief glimpses and hints towards methods Tati would begin to perfect in his films more than a decade later. Les Vacances de Mr. Hulot brought Tati international acclaim also launched his on-screen alter ego: the courteous, well-meaning, eternally accident-prone and much loved Monsieur Hulot.
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Programmes

6 - 20 February 2016: Close-Up on Jacques Tati

6 - 20 February 2016: Close-Up on Jacques Tati

Though he made only a handful of films, director, writer, and actor Jacques Tati ranks among the most beloved of all cinematic geniuses. This retrospective gathers his six features – Jour de Fête, Les Vacances de Mr. Hulot, Mon oncle, Playtime, Trafic, and Parade – along with four delightful Tati-related short films.
12 February 2016: Soigne ton Gauche + Mon Oncle

12 February 2016: Soigne ton Gauche + Mon Oncle

Soigne ton Gauche focuses on the training of a boxer, whose programme suffers considerable upheaval when he is joined in the ring by the ingenu Roger. Mon Oncle – a satirical assault on the twin targets of efficiency and the modern world – confirmed Tati's reputation as the foremost comic artist of his day.
13 February 2016: Playtime

13 February 2016: Playtime

Playtime is a surreal, comic vision of mankind's battle against the overwhelming depersonalisation of modern life. Tati stars as the hapless Hulot, ambling through the massive metropolis specially constructed for the film.
14 February 2016: Cours du Soir + Trafic

14 February 2016: Cours du Soir + Trafic

In this Tati's evening class teacher is an amalgam of Hulot and Fançois, and in his demonstrations he allows both of these characters full rein, to great comic effect. In Trafic, the bumbling Monsieur Hulot, kitted out as always with tan raincoat, beaten brown hat, and umbrella, takes to Paris’s highways and byways.
19 February 2016: Up to the Sky: 4 Films by Barbara Meter

19 February 2016: Up to the Sky: 4 Films by Barbara Meter

Curated by Karel Doing, the programme includes four films in which Meter combines documentary aspects with a more formal approach. Her latest film Up to the Sky and Much Much More will be screened in the UK for the first time. She will be present during the screening and participate in a short Q&A afterwards.
20 February 2016: Parade

20 February 2016: Parade

Jacques Tati's last – and least known – film Parade sees his return to the boisterous music hall world in which he began his career as a mime artist in the 1930s. Offering gloriously funny visual gags that flow beautifully from one act to another – including several of his most famous pantomimes – Parade is the perfect stage for Tati's comic genius.
21 - 28 February 2016: Close-Up on Jan Švankmajer

21 - 28 February 2016: Close-Up on Jan Švankmajer

This programme presents a selection of 22 short films – exploring Czech Surrealist filmmaker-animator Jan Švankmajer diversity of methods and styles – and his unique adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. Technically and conceptually astonishing in their own right, these films are also as remarkable for their philosophical consistency as for their frequently mind-boggling imagery.
21 February 2016: Jan Švankmajer's Early Short Films

21 February 2016: Jan Švankmajer's Early Short Films

A selection of 13 early short films by the legendary Czech Surrealist filmmaker-animator Jan Švankmajer. Technically and conceptually astonishing in their own right, these films are also as remarkable for their philosophical consistency as for their frequently mind-boggling imagery.
21 February 2016: Jan Švankmajer's Late Short Films

21 February 2016: Jan Švankmajer's Late Short Films

A selection of 9 late short films by the legendary Czech Surrealist filmmaker-animator Jan Švankmajer. Technically and conceptually astonishing in their own right, these films are also as remarkable for their philosophical consistency as for their frequently mind-boggling imagery.