Director: Stéphane Goudet

Country: France

Year: 2014

Duration: 1.13

Languages: fr

Original name: À l’américaine


Few films have had a birth process as challenging and complex as Tati’s first feature film The Big Day (Jour de fête, 1949). In his compelling audiovisual film analysis À l’americaine Stéphane Goudet dissects the development of Tati’s hilarious first work from the planning stage to the final result. He reveals why three and a half versions of the film exist, and how Tati tirelessly refined his original ideas towards their final form. The analysis ties together in an interesting way the historical and social context of France, the dream of Americanism, and how one of the most interesting filmmakers in world’s cinematic history viewed this crash. (SK