His first three features made it clear that Jacques Tati was the pre-eminent European director-comedian of the sound era. As a performer, Tati has been compared to the great silent clowns Buster Keaton and Max Linder, although he's basically an isolated eccentric. It might be more useful to consider Tati the director in the company of modernist control-freak auteurs Bresson and Antonioni, who didn't make comedies but created... More >>>