Film - Feature | November 2 | 3:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
This loose series of village vignettes follows the misadventures of a postman (Tati) who, inspired by a hyperbolic newsreel at a traveling fair, attempts to emulate the spectacular speed and efficiency of the American postal serviceon his bicycle. The fairs boisterous energy, in contrast to the lull of village routine, is brilliantly evoked by the controlled cacophony of the soundtrack. The film was shot with two cameras, one loaded with black-and-white film and the other using a stock called Thomsoncolor, a technology so experimental that printing proved impractical; we present the black-and-white release version.
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