Once a year the fair comes for one day to the little town 'Sainte-Severe-sur-Indre.' All inhabitants are scoffing at François, the postman, what he seems not to recognize. The rising of the...
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Once a year the fair comes for one day to the little town 'Sainte-Severe-sur-Indre.' All inhabitants are scoffing at François, the postman, what he seems not to recognize. The rising of the flagstaff under his direction nearly leads into a catastrophe - but everybody tells him how important his work is. Sneering up François continues in the evening of the festive day. Made drunk, some 'friends' persuade him to watch a short-movie in a tent. This film is a stunt-show, covered as 'The modern delivery-techniques of the US-post. François takes it serious, not recognizing being teased. Next day, after getting sober in a goods wagon, he reorganizes his own delivery-methods. He has not the equipment, as his ideals in the short-movie have, but using only his bicycle, he makes good, funny progresses.Written by
Christian Wenger <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Director Jacques Tati shot the film simultaneously with two cameras: one was loaded with color film and one with black and white film, as a backup copy. The film was originally intended to be released in color, but the laboratory could not develop the color film because it was shot using a new, experimental process, so Tati decided to release the black and white version instead. Another version, with some color footage was released in 1961. In 1995 the original color negative was partially restored and some parts of the black and white film were computer colorized in order to generate a new color version faithful to Tati's original vision. This new version was released with a short prologue detailing the shooting history of the film. See more »
A wholly enjoyable film, in which dialogue is incidental to the visual effect. I preferred black and white over colorized, and the French version over the slightly edited US version (with subtitles and the addition of an annoying artist who participates in colorizing). The real joy is watching Tati. Underneath all the great gags stirs the soul of the postman: officious, determined, mulelike. All expressed without words by a mustachioed rail of a man poised delicately on a bicycle. I was glad to see in the credits that La Poste had sponsored the restoration of the film. A French national treasure.
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