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In Jacques Tati's charming -- and essentially plotless -- pre-Hulot first feature, Tati is Francois, a contented and happy postman in a small, unhurried French village. Francois is at ease with his job and leisurely performs his duties, peddling away on his rounds upon his beloved bicycle. Things perk up when a traveling carnival arrives in town. One of the attractions at the carnival is a film depicting the United States Postal Service's fast and efficient postal delivery system. The narrator in the film exhorts, "Rapidite, rapidite." Francois takes up the call, and attempts to Americanize his work style. Intriguingly, Tati originally shot this film in two simultaneous processes - a black-and-white one and an experimental color one called 'Thomson-Color' - but was forced to release the black-and-white when he ran into problems printing the color film; he subsequently tinted select sequences, then in the late 1990s his daughter (a film editor) prepared and released a color version of the entire movie. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Venice International Film Festival Henri Marquet International Prize for Best Screenplay 1949 Winner
Venice International Film Festival Jacques Tati International Prize for Best Screenplay 1949 Winner
Venice International Film Festival René Wheeler International Prize for Best Screenplay 1949 Winner

Cast

Jacques Tati
as Francois
Guy Decomble
as Roger
Paul Frankeur
as Marcel
Santa Relli
as Roger's wife
Maine Vallee
as Jeanette
Roger Rafal
as The hair-dresser
Jacques Beauvais
as The coffee-house keeper

Crew

Jacques Tati
Director
Michel Chauvin
Producer
Fred Orain
Producer
René Wheeler
Screenwriter
Henri Marquet
Screenwriter
Jacques Tati
Screenwriter
Jacques Mercanton
Cinematographer
Jean Yatove
Composer (Music Score)
Sophie Tatischeff
Editor
Jacques Cottin
Costume Designer
Jacques Maumont
Sound/Sound Designer
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