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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.
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Programmes

Soigne ton Gauche + Mon Oncle

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.
Playtime

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.
Cours du Soir + Trafic

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.
Up to the Sky: 4 Films by Barbara Meter

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.
Parade

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.
Close-Up on Jan Švankmajer

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.
Take Two: Carnival of Souls / Yella

Take Two: Carnival of Souls / Yella

Herk Harvey’s macabre masterpiece gained a cult following through late night television and has been bootlegged for years. Made by industrial filmmakers on a modest budget, Carnival of Souls was intended to have the "look of a Bergman" and "feel of a Cocteau". Based on the narrative structure of Carnival of Souls, Yella transports the action to modern day Germany. In this chilling mystery thriller, Yella takes up a new job in the West and finds herself in the unfamiliar world of venture capitalism.
Take Two: Gilda / Mulholland Drive

Take Two: Gilda / Mulholland Drive

"Gilda, are you decent?" Rita Hayworth tosses her hair back and slyly responds, "Me?”" in one of the great star entrances in movie history. "What's your name? My name's... Rita".

Calendar

Fri 12 Feb 8:00pm
Soigne ton Gauche + Mon Oncle
Sat 13 Feb 5:45pm
Playtime
Sat 13 Feb 8:00pm
Playtime
Sun 14 Feb 8:00pm
Cours du Soir + Trafic
Sat 20 Feb 8:00pm
Parade
Fri 26 Feb 6:15pm
Carnival of Souls
Fri 26 Feb 8:00pm
Yella
Sat 27 Feb 6:00pm
Gilda
Sat 27 Feb 8:00pm
Mulholland Drive
Sun 28 Feb 8:00pm
Alice