Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Tativille, Paris!

Just saw on Criterion's website a large-scale retrospective of Tati's work opening today in Paris! -

Paris is turning into Tativille starting tomorrow, April 8, until August 2, with the Cinémathèque française’s appropriately large-scale retrospective of the famously ambitious French filmmaking legend’s work, “Jacques Tati, deux temps, trois movements.” Curated by Stéphane Goudet and Macha Makeïeff, the exposition is in honor of the director’s 102nd birthday (“just in time for an homage divorced from obligatory celebrations, which he was not keen on,” the curators tease), and will feature not only screenings of Tati’s films (including a new print of M. Hulot’s Holiday) but also exhibitions of props, costumes, screenplays, outtakes, and drawings and paintings by his friend and art director Jacques Lagrange. Add to all that guided walking tours of Tati-related architectural landmarks, screenings of a new six-part documentary on Tati called The 6 Lessons of Professor Goudet, and interviews about Tati with contemporary directors (including Michel Gondry, Wes Anderson, David Lynch, Otar Iosseliani, and Olivier Assayas) on view around the exhibit, and you have one seriously tantalizing Tati traffic jam. (source)

The exposition is held in the Cinema Museum designed by Gehry. I'm so attracted by the miniature model of Villa Arpel from Mon Oncle. I also can't wait to find out how much the real Paris overlaps with Tativille by walking down the streets. Being a super Tati fan, I wanna be there so badly!! Maybe the best I can do now is to revisit his great films.

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