Jacques Tati (October 9, 1908 - November 5, 1982) was a French film-maker. He was born Jacques Tatischeff in Yvelines, France, and died in Paris, France.
Originally a mime, in the late 1930s he recorded some of his early sporting cameos on film with some success and thus began his career as a film-maker.
His first major feature, Jour de Fête, concerns a village postman who is influenced by a film shown at the village fair to go to extreme lengths to improve his mail deliveries.
In all his films, Tati plays the lead and, from his second feature film (Les vacances de Monsieur Hulot) onwards this character is always the gauche and socially inept Monsieur Hulot.
Jour de Fête (1949)
Les vacances de Monsieur Hulot (1953)
Mon Oncle (1958)
Tati's script for Les vacances was nominated for the Oscar in 1954; Mon Oncle was honored with the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1958. His next project, Playtime, which took him nine years to complete, was his most daring and most expensive (he had a modern city, dubbed Tativille, built in size in a studio), and the commercial failure of the film caused him to produce his final two pictures on a far more modest budget.
A final script on the subject of television, Confusion, remains unproduced to this day.