Jacques Tati

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Birth Name: Jacques Tati
Born: 10/09/1907
Birth Place: Le Pecq, Yvelines, FR
Death Place: Paris, FR
Died: 11/05/1982

Tati began performing in French music halls and cafes as a pantomimist and impersonator. In 1931, he filmed a comedy short, "Oscar, Champion de Tennis," but it was never completed. Following were a number of short films which anticipated his later features in their use of natural and mechanical sounds--"On Demande une brute" (1934), "Gai dimanche" (1935), and "Soigne ton gauche" (1936). After WWII, Tati appeared in the features "Sylvie et le Fantome" (1945) and "Le Diable au corps" (1946). In his short film, "L'Ecole de facteurs" (1947), Tati created the character of Francois the postman, a character he would play himself in his first self-directed feature, "Jour de Fete" (1948). "Jour" used... Continue Bio >>


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