One of the great comic icons of French cinema, a Gallic equivalent of Charlie Chaplin.
Tati honed his comic skills in French music halls, eventually appearing in several short
subjects in the 1930s and 1940s, some of which he also wrote and directed.
In his first feature, Jour de Fete (1949), Tati played a village postman obsessed with
modernizing his already-simple job. Four years later, in Mr. Hulot's Holi- day (1953), he
introduced the umbrella-toting, raincoat-clad Everyman for whom nothing-even a seaside