MON ONCLE (1956) C 116m dir: Jacques Tati

w/Jacques Tati, Jean-Pierre Zola, Alain Becourt, Adrienne Servanti, Lucien Fregis, Betty Schneider

In this memorable French comedy, Tati the inimitable runs afoul of the modern mechanized world with some inspired pantomime. Lots of fun.

From Variety's review of the film: "...Tati's film has inventiveness, gags, warmth and a 'poetic' approach to satire. Film took two years to make. Tati has built it via comic juxtaposition of two ways of life --- his, as the eccentric, independent uncle, alongside a super-modern, hygienic, materialistic brother-in-law. ...

"Satire is not barbed or vicious and everybody can laugh at it and themselves. There's expert blocking out of the characters, creative use of sound, and eschewing of all useless dialog."

Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film (1958).