Cultural Gutter: A Visit to Tativille

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I have a new one up on The Cultural Gutter! Yesterday’s Tomorrow: A Visit to Tativille is a look at one of my all-time favorite films, 1958’s futurist farce Mon Oncle by Jacques Tati.

Tati’s third film, and the second to feature the iconic character of M. Hulot, Mon Oncle is a film built largely on the shoulders of the persistent delusion that technology, automation, and progress makes our lives better, more efficient, and more logical and that anything marketed in the name of technological progress is desirable. Mon Oncle — as well as Tati’s follow-ups, Play Time (1967) and Trafic (1971) — acknowledges the inherent absurdity of such situations, satirizes it, but rarely seems mean-spirited, angry, or bitter.

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