Plot & Details
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.
- MPAA Rating: Not Yet Rated
- Genre(s): Comedy
- Run Time: 79min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 01/13/1998
- Director(s): Jacques Tati
- Starring: Jacques Tati , Guy Decombie , Paul Frankeur , Santa Relli , Maine Vallee
- Themes: Culture Clash,Small-Town Life,Circuses & Carnivals
- Tone: Easygoing,Light,Whimsical
- Keywords: bicycle, carnival, film, mail, postman, village
Venice International Film Festival
|Year||Award||Category||Cast & Crew||Result|
|1949||Venice International Film Festival||International Prize for Best Screenplay||Henri Marquet||Won|
|1949||Venice International Film Festival||International Prize for Best Screenplay||Jacques Tati||Won|
|1949||Venice International Film Festival||International Prize for Best Screenplay||René Wheeler||Won|