Parade

Jacques Tati returns to the boisterous music hall world in which he began his career with this brilliantly conceived spectacle.

Jacques Tati’s last – and least known – film, Parade, sees his return to the boisterous music hall world in which he began his career as a mime artist in the 1930s. Ostensibly nothing more than a series of circus acts hosted by Tati and preformed for a family audience, Parade is in fact a brilliantly conceived spectacle which blurs all distinctions between performers and audience, accomplished acrobats and children at play. Offering gloriously funny visual gags that flow beautifully from one act to another – including several of his most famous pantomimes – Parade is the perfect stage for Tati’s comic genius.

“It’s a sign of this film’s greatness that the enormous sadness that accompanies the final leave-taking of the circus interior is a good deal more than the conclusion of an unpretentious evening’s entertainments; it’s a sublime and awesome coda to the career of one of this century’s greatest artists” – Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

Special features

  • Rare interview with Tati, filmed in London 1977 (20 min).
  • Illustrated booklet with essays by Philip Kemp and Jonathan Rosenbaum, biography and credits.

Product information

    • Certificate

      U

    • Colour

      Colour

    • Sound

      Sound

    • Running time

      84mins

    • Languages

      French

    • Subtitles

      English

    • Original aspect ratio

      1.33:1

    • DVD region

      • 2 Europe (except Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus), Middle East, Egypt, Japan, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Greenland, French Overseas departments and territories

    • Catalogue number

      BFIVD808

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