Fifth about The Seventh


ParadeParade: this Jacques Tati’s film doesn’t really have a shred of a story, just a parade of varied circus acts; their entertainment value varies greatly, making this comedy a very uneven, somewhat melancholic experience. Tati shows that he still can do his brand of physical comedy very well (and they make nice use of sound as well), which are the highlight here. The choice to have this in many different textures (while probably a result of how the film was produced in the first place) is sadly distracting. It’s interesting to notice that Tati is going for the flipside of his usual themes: instead of knocking down technology, he is bringing up the old-fashioned.


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