[CR]Jacques Tati in L'ecole de facteurs`

To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
From: Bianca Pratorius <biankita@earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2005 19:19:46 -0500
Subject: [CR]Jacques Tati in L'ecole de facteurs`

I did an archive search and this movie has not been discussed in CR yet. So here goes... Jacques Tati's movie, where he plays a postman (about a ten minute short) is about the greatest comedic bicycle stunt work I have ever seen. Mr Tati's late 1940's movie contains acts of daring do that defy credibility. This movie may or may not be the short which is refered to as Jour de Fete, but I would imagine if anyone on this list had seen the flick it would be more of a topic of constant conversation. The stunt bike appears to be a fix with shallow angles and sized at about 58 cm for Mr. Tati's about six foot height. Do not be put off by the art movies that Tati made in the 50's and 60's for certainly he can go down in history as one of the great bike athletes.

You can find this movie if you belong to Netflix for if you rent Mon Oncle the DVD comes with Lecole de facteurs as an extra. He plays a postman who does over the bars on to his back stunts, rides through cow herds, rough country terrain, grabbing onto moving trucks, weird stunt dancing, and sight gags. The movie starts with his form on rollers which is good too. This is a must see for all CR members IMHO.

Garth Libre in Miami Fl.