Tête-à-Tati: The complete works of Jacques Tati to be screened in Singapore

18 May, 2017 4:47 pm | Jedd Jong

In conjunction with Voilah! French Festival Singapore, the National Museum of Singapore (NMS) Cinémathèque is presenting a complete retrospective of the French screenwriter, director and actor Jacques Tati. The museum will screen all six of Tati’s feature-length films – Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday, Playtime, Mon Oncle, Jour de fête, Traffic, and the more obscure Parade.

Born Jacques Tatischeff in 1907, the late Tati is best-known for playing the bumbling character Monsieur Hulot in four films which he also directed and wrote. Tati’s body of work has had an indelible impact on film comedy, and he is viewed by cinephiles as a pioneer in modernist experimentation.

Tati has also influenced prominent present-day filmmakers. Steven Spielberg paid homage to Tati with The Terminal; its full-scale airport terminal set evoking the sprawling sets of Playtime. Rowan Atkinson has cited Monsieur Hulot as the main influence on his popular character Mr. Bean, and David Lynch has cited Mon Oncle as among his favourite films, calling Tati “one of the all-time greats.”

Mon Oncle

In addition to Tati’s feature-length films, the NMS Cinémathèque will be screening his four rarely-seen short films, which complement and inform his feature-length masterpieces. As part of the retrospective, Sylvain Chomet’s 2010 animated film The Illusionist will also be screened. The film is based on a screenplay penned by Tati in 1956, which remained unproduced past his death. This presentation by the NMS Cinematheque offers the most comprehensive retrospective of Tati’s work in Southeast Asia to date.

The Illusionist

Les Vacances de M. Hulot

In addition to screening the films, the NMS Cinémathèque will present a movement workshop for families, and discussion panels on the depiction urban space in films and the enduring relevance of Tati’s films today. Playtime: The Complete Works of Jacques Tati will be held over three weekends, from Saturday 20th May to Sunday 4th June 2017.



Entry for the film screenings and the panels The Surface of the City: Feeling the City through Art and the Moving Image and Tati’s Films: The Influence of Tati on Cinema Today is free. Entry for the movement workshop Play Time!: Move with Tati is $20 per ticket – each ticket admits a minimum of one child and one adult, and a maximum of a family of four.

Jour de fête

To find out more about the screenings, panels and workshops, please visit http://nationalmuseum.sg/cinematheque/playtime

Tickets are available at http://peatix.com/group/50483/events


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