My Uncle

  • 1958
  • 1 HR 50 MIN
  • NR
  • Comedy

Tati followed MR. HULOT'S HOLIDAY with this impressive satire on modern gadgetry and the people who devote their lives to technological convenience. Tati has described his own comedy as "laughter born of a certain fundamental absurdity. Some things are not funny of themselves but become so on being dissected." It is this quality that Tati's films share...read more

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Tati followed MR. HULOT'S HOLIDAY with this impressive satire on modern gadgetry and the people who devote their lives to technological convenience. Tati has described his own comedy as "laughter born of a certain fundamental absurdity. Some things are not funny of themselves but become so

on being dissected." It is this quality that Tati's films share with such satires as Rene Clair's A NOUS LA LIBERTE, Charles Chaplin's MODERN TIMES, and even Albert Brooks's LOST IN AMERICA. Tati again casts himself as Hulot, a lanky fellow with a raincoat and umbrella who stumbles through life.

Content to live in his neglected quarters, Hulot is in direct contrast to the very modern Arpels, comprising his sister (Servantie), brother-in-law (Zola), and nephew, Gerald (Alain Becourt). The Arpels live in a modernized, desensitized suburb, their angular house hidden from the street by a

clanging gate, and fronted by a fountain with an obscene metal fish spurting water from its mouth. Inside are gadgets meant to save time but which only waste it--and make noise. Hulot's humble, simple life attracts young Gerald, whose playfulness has no place in the modern world.

Less a condemnation of technology than of its worshippers, MY UNCLE is simultaneously entertaining, intelligent, and technically inventive. It makes vivid use of saturated color schemes and contains some truly great shots which suggest that the house has a life of its own, as when the Arpels walk

back and forth before their round bedroom windows, giving the impression from the outside that the house is rolling its eyes.

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