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The Films of Pierre Étaix

Pierre Étaix is one of the great, unsung treasures of French cinema, though his work has remained little known in the United States. After getting his start as an assistant to Jacques Tati on MR. HULOT’S HOLIDAY in 1953, Étaix subsequently made five feature films and three shorts between 1961 and 1971. Praised by directors as diverse as Truffaut, Bresson, Godard, and David Lynch, comedian, illustrator, gagman, and director Étaix’s films combine exquisite physical comedy with inventive sight gags and a slightly surreal visual sensibility. Through a collaboration between the Technicolor Foundation for Cinema Heritage, Groupama Gan Foundation for Cinema, and Janus Films, the original negatives have been restored, providing the opportunity to discover a neglected master of comic filmmaking on new 35mm prints. “Pierre Étaix may be the funniest filmmaker you’ve never heard of.”—Susan King, The Los Angeles Times



Fri, Apr 12, 2013
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Sun, Apr 14, 2013
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LE GRAND AMOUR
DIRECTOR: PIERRE ÉTAIX
FRANCE, 1969

Pierre is dutifully married to Florence. Everything is fine in their relationship and at work. Manager of his father-in-law’s factory, he spends his days signing checks and his evenings watching TV. The years pass monotonously until a very young new secretary is hired and Pierre, shaken by infatuation, starts to dream ... “One of those cinematic marvels that leaves me shaking my head and wondering where it has been all my life.”—The New Yorker. “Mr. Étaix shows his debt to the great clowns of silent cinema like Buster Keaton. Sprinkled throughout, though, are involved passages that spin gloriously, surrealistically, off the narrative rails.”—The New York Times (87 mins.)

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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY
DIRECTOR: PIERRE ÉTAIX
FRANCE, 1962
A young woman sets the table for her wedding anniversary celebration. Her husband is stuck in Paris traffic. The few remaining errands he has to make only delay him more and more. (15 mins.)

Winner of the 1963 Academy Award for Best Short Film.

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Sat, Apr 13, 2013
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Sat, Apr 13, 2013
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LAND OF MILK AND HONEY
DIRECTOR: PIERRE ÉTAIX
FRANCE, 1971

Shot following the social uproar that swept France in May 1968, Étaix’s vérité chronicle is “a deftly discerning documentary. The surprisingly sharp topics that arise in interviews include eroticism, poverty, mediatized violence, gender equality, gay marriage, the power of advertising, and the deformation of minds and manners by television. Looking askance at modern urban architecture, Étaix critiques bureaucratic regimentation and its grasp on art as well as on commerce. The concluding sequence—an inquiry into the public image of one Pierre Étaix—has a disarming reflexive loopiness, holding up mirrors to mirrors and sending the viewer off in freefall.”—The New Yorker (73 mins.)

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Sat, Apr 13, 2013
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Sun, Apr 14, 2013
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AS LONG AS YOU’RE HEALTHY
DIRECTOR: PIERRE ÉTAIX
FRANCE, 1966/1971

Co-written by Jean-Claude Carrière, Étaix fashions four playful vignettes that comically dramatize the anxieties of 20th century life. “Life is tough in the modern era: insomniac Étaix whiles away the night with a book on vampires—then his wife wakes up; no seats at a packed cinema, or they’re blocked or immediately reclaimed—and then the adverts begin: a devastating satire on commercials; shrink Étaix has it rougher than his patients; and the bickering between a picnicking couple and a farmer escalates into hilarious gunfire and electrocution.”—Film Forum (77 mins.)

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FEELING GOOD
DIRECTOR: PIERRE ÉTAIX
FRANCE, 1966
A comic take on camping that was originally a sequence in AS LONG AS YOU’RE HEALTHY. (12 mins.)

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Thu, Apr 18, 2013
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Sat, Apr 20, 2013
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YO YO
DIRECTOR: PIERRE ÉTAIX
FRANCE, 1965

“Beautifully filmed in black and white, with a more substantial story and richer characterizations to accompany its gag sequences (including an amazing bout of below-the-ankle sex), YO YO is arguably Étaix’s finest and most fully achieved film. It begins in 1925 as a silent movie, with Étaix as a filthy rich and hilariously lazy sybarite. The Depression brings financial ruin and turns the film into a talkie, as the man’s son (also Étaix) becomes a circus clown who vows to restore the family chateau to its former glory.”—Gene Siskel Film Center. “YO YO celebrates true love and creative freedom. It’s also a valentine to cinema, incorporating allusions to the work of artists ranging from Groucho Marx to Federico Fellini.”—The Wall Street Journal (97 mins.)

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Sat, Apr 20, 2013
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Mon, Apr 22, 2013
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THE SUITOR
DIRECTOR: PIERRE ÉTAIX, JEAN-CLAUDE CARRIÈRE
FRANCE, 1962

“Pierre Étaix’s delightful first feature received the Prix Louis Delluc, French cinema’s most prestigious award. The actor-director’s love of the great silent film comedians is evident in this gag-filled, almost dialogue-free tale of an astronomy geek (Étaix) who, under pressure from his parents, sets out to find himself a wife. Spurned by his family’s Swedish maid and not content to settle for the hard-drinking brunette who attaches herself to him, our hero sets his sights on—and builds a shrine to—a chanteuse he espies on television. The find-a-bride-quick plot, of course, recalls Buster Keaton’s SEVEN CHANCES. As in many of his films, Étaix makes comic play with exaggerated sound effects.”—Pacific Cinematheque (83 mins.)

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RUPTURE
DIRECTOR: PIERRE ÉTAIX
FRANCE, 1961
A man receives a break-up letter from his sweetheart, who sends him back his photo in pieces. The pained lover decides to reply. Fountain pen, penholder, desk, stamps, paper, and inkwell all contrive diabolically to thwart him. (11 mins.)

Winner of the Grand Prize at the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival.

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