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The Definitive Jacques Tati

Edition of 112
Box with five volumes, 11.5 x 9.6 in., 20.09 lb, 1136 pages
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Oscar-winning French filmmaker/performer Jacques Tati, one of the most important figures in the history of cinema, is the subject of this comprehensive and long-overdue tribute to a artistic genius. Designed by M/M (Paris), this definitive, five-volume exploration of Tati's life and work was made possible thanks to the complete and unprecedented access to Tati's archives. The books feature original essays, interviews, and screenplays, plus hundreds of photographs, stills, letters, sketches, notes, and production materials. The limited Collector’s Edition comes with the exclusive Tati Tool Kit, which includes a build-your-own-film set of Mon Oncle, an electronic sound box, and more.

Collector’s Edition of 112 numbered copies

Build Your Own Movie Set!

Celebrating the 112th anniversary of Jacques Tati’s birth, this exclusive Collector’s Edition includes
a build-it-yourself model of the villa from Mon Oncle, complete with figurines, a sound box, and more
Oscar-winning French director/performer Jacques Tati (1907–1982) was a fiercely innovative and original filmmaker who found inspiration in the observation of life around him. By creating and playing unassuming characters thrown into the bustle of society—the hapless postman François and the maladroit Monsieur Hulot—Tati brilliantly exposed the ways in which class distinctions, social mores, architecture, and technology affect the basic ways that humans relate to one another.

Unlike Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, to whom he has frequently been compared, Tati took the everyday and recreated it, layered organically with visual and audio gags, for the audience to actively observe. His early work as a mime taught him how to generate laughter without words; in his films he used gestures, facial expressions, costumes, props, sets, sounds, music—everything but dialogue—to do the talking.

Tati’s films are truly universal and accessible to anyone, anywhere, who can appreciate the comedy of modern life. Tati once said “I want the film to begin when you leave the theater.” His greatest achievement was to show us that together, as the whole of humanity, we are characters starring in the greatest spectacle of all: life itself.

This Collector’s Edition celebrates the 112th anniversary of Tati’s birth with a definitive exploration of his life’s work. Made with complete access to Tati’s archives, provided by Macha Makeïeff and Jérôme Deschamps of Les Film de Mon Oncle, and limited to just 112 copies, the five-volume publication comes with the exclusive Tati Tool Kit including a DIY film set of Mon Oncle so you can bring your favorite scenes back to life.

Designed by M/M (Paris), the Collector’s Edition includes:
  • An exclusive build-your-own-film set of Mon Oncle, complete with a 1/25 scale model of the Villa Arpel and 20 figurines from the movie
  • An electronic sound box with a selection of 16 key sound effects from Tati’s films
  • A Tati certificate and strip of film from an original 70 mm print of PlayTime
  • Director’s viewfinders in various aspect ratios
  • A poster from Tati's first feature film, Jour de fête
  • Volume I, ‘Tati Films’: stills from all six feature films
  • Volume II, ‘Tati Writes’: the complete screenplays, plus those of the unmade films The Illusionist and Confusion, illustrated by pages from Tati’s original drafts
  • Volume III, ‘Tati Works’: a comprehensive survey of his life and work
  • Volume IV, ‘Tati Explores’: essays on important themes in his films
  • Volume V, ‘Tati Speaks’: quotations, interviews, and a previously unpublished memoir by Tati.
The editor

Alison Castle received a BA in philosophy from Columbia University and an MA in photography and film from NYU/International Center of Photography. She is editor of photography, film, and design titles, including Some Like It Hot, The Stanley Kubrick Archives, Linda McCartney. Life in Photographs, and Marc Newson. Works.

The Definitive Jacques Tati
Edition of 112
Box with five volumes, 11.5 x 9.6 in., 20.09 lb, 1136 pages