GAI DIMANCHE

Jacques Berr

T. int.: Joyful Sunday. Scen.: Jacques Tati, Rhum. F.: Marcel Paulis. Mus.: Michel Levine. Prod.: Marcel de Hubsch per Atlantic Film. DCP. D.: 21’. Bn. 

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T. it.: Italian title. T. int.: International title. T. alt.: Alternative title. Sog.: Story. Scen.: Screenplay. F.: Cinematography. M.: Editing. Scgf.: Set Design. Mus.: Music. Int.: Cast. Prod.: Production Company. L.: Length. D.: Running Time. f/s: Frames per second. Bn.: Black e White. Col.: Color. Da: Print source

Film Notes

Tati’s first famous film, Gai dimanche, is dated 1935. Tati plays a down-and-out dandy, slightly tramp-like but dressed with a kind of elegance, who at the start of the lm is pushed out from the entrance to the underground station where he spent the night. He lets him- self be dragged to a picnic by his peddler friend, and the two of them rent a rickety convertible for an outing and pick up a series of eccentric people. The first faint outline of the airhead character is already outlined: he is powerless to control his destiny, lazily pushed by the wind, like one way arrow road sign that has since been blown about by the wind.

Claude Beylie, Jacques Tati inconnu..., “Cinéma”, n. 23, December 1957

The image track came from two 16mm prints, one from the Gaumont archives and the other from the Forum des images, which sponsored the restoration. The sound negative in the Archives françaises du film was used, even though it was incomplete.