Before you start watching a Jacques Tati movie, it’s best to go into the film with a full understanding of his style of comedy. If you are reading this, you are a major film buff, a curious reader or a friend of an obsessed film buff. No matter whom you are, to watch a Jacques Tati movie is to see a comedy that can truly be called unique. He is not well known among mainstream audiences, but amongst respected film critics and film enthusiasts, this French film auteur is considered one of the best comedy filmmakers of all time. Though not as well-known as comedy legends Charlie Chaplin or Buster Keaton, Tati’s bumbling alter ego M. Hulot is considered as memorable as Chaplin’s Little Tramp and Groucho Marx. In fact, you can see his influence on areas, especially with Jerry Lewis. Despite influencing and being influenced by comedy legends, Tati’s comedy style is all his own. There is literally no one like him.
It can be argued that he’s too unique. As comedies, his style of filming is so unusual that it may turn some audience members off. He is defiantly an acquired taste. Still, I believe his films are easier to enjoy when the audience knows how Tati works. And here’s where I come in. Through this guide, I will go into details of how Tati does comedy.