Cinema: Imports, Mar. 31, 1952

Jour de Fête (Fred Orain; Mayer-Kingsley) transplants some Mack Sennett pratfalls to the French provinces. The center of this slapstick is François (Jacques Tati), a sad-faced, gangling, rural postman who looks like a cross between General Charles de Gaulle and oldtime silent Comic Charles Chase. On the annual fair day (jour de fête), François sees a movie about high-speed American postal methods and develops a mania for movement.

Instead of dawdling at bistros and helping with the haying, Francois takes on a little wine and goes "all American." Neither snow, nor rain, nor the vicissitudes thrown in his path by the scenarists...

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