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Mon Oncle (U) ★ Romany Revisited ★
Wed 14 August @ 11:00 am
Mon Oncle (U) – 1958, France, 117 mins, subs
Director: Jacques Tati
Jacques Tati takes the accident-prone Monsieur Hulot to Paris where the aggressively high-tech lifestyle of his relatives, the Arpels, is contrasted with his old-fashioned ways in a scruffy part of town. Young Gérard Arpel is very fond of his gauche uncle but his disapproving parents resolve to get Hulot a job or a wife. The disastrous outcome is a masterpiece of design and symmetry and of technically brilliant gags. The heart- modern world as a confusing place that is ultimately full of charm and humanity.
Mon Oncle was a major hit and picked up a string of awards, including the Prix spécial du jury at Cannes, the New York Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Film and the 1959 Oscar for Best Foreign Film.
Mon Oncle was shot between September 1956 and February 1957 at three different locations. The old Parisian suburb of Saint-Maur served for le vieux quartier, where Hulots wonderfully ramshackle house was built into the towns main square. The Arpels modernistic dwelling was constructed at the Victorine studios in Nice, and the wasteland between the two was shot at Créteil, a few miles outside Paris, where a new town was about to be built.
Doors open 10am for tea, coffee and cake. Film at 11am. All tickets £5 on the door.