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The Big Day (Holiday)

7.3
2,089
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Original title
Jour de fête
Year
Running time
81 min.
Country
France France
Director
Screenwriter
Jacques Tati, Henri Marquet, René Wheeler
Music
Jean Yatove
Cinematography
Jacques Sauvageot (B&W)
Cast
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Producer
Panoramic Films
Genre
Comedy | Small Town Life (Non-North American)
Synopsis / Plot
Once a year the fair comes for one day to the little town 'Sainte-Severe-sur-Indre'. All inhabiters are scoffing at Francois, the postman, what he seems not to recognize. The rising of the flagstaff under his direction nearly leads into a catastrophy - but everybody tells him, how important his work is. Sneering up Francois continues in the evening of the festive day. Made drunk, some 'friends' persuade him to watch a short-movie in a tent. This film is a stunt-show, covered as 'The modern delivery-techniques of the US-post. Francois takes it serious, not recognizing being teased. Next day, after getting sober in a goods wagon, he reorganizes his own delivery-methods. He has not the equipment, as his ideals in the short-movie have, but using only his bicycle, he makes good, funny progresses.
Awards
1949: Venice Film Festival: Nominated for Golden Lion (Best Picture)
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