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  • Culture

    Timeless Tati

    By Frances Atkinson 07 September 2015

    IF YOU have never seen a Jacques Tati movie, consider yourself lucky – it means you get to watch some of the most charming, visually glorious films of the 21st century for the very first time. The writer, actor and director only made a clutch of films, but with the creation of Monsieur Hulot, Tati conjured a timeless character baffled by the modern age. From Playtime, his 1967 comedy about Mr Hulot navigating a modern Paris with a group of American tourists, to Traffic, (1971) a disastrous road trip movie about Hulot’s attempts to drive a camper to Amsterdam, each film is an astutely constructed masterpiece full of tiny moments that are every bit as important as the scene-stealing gags.