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May at the Trylon

Tati fused silent comedy and modernist ennui. A cabaret performer and mime known for rehearsing gags in front of children and animals, he blended laughs, despair, and a radical style. He also invented one of the great tragicomic clowns—his signature character, Monsieur Hulot. Promotional support for these screenings is provided by Bonjour MN.

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Starts Fri, May 7


(1958, 35mm, 116m, English and French w/English subtitles) w/Tati, Jean-Pierre Zola, Adrienne Servantie. Hulot is caught in a tug-of-war between his carefree, rustic existence and that of his materialistic sister. A riot of vivid color and absurdist décor, the film is so funny that it’s easy to miss its underlying sadness. FRI/SAT 7:00 9:00 SUN 3:00 5:00 7:00 MON/TUE 7:00

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Starts Fri, May 14


(1953, DCP, 87m, French w/English subtitles) w/Tati, Mercedes Morán, Graciela Borges, Martin Adjemiàn. The first Hulot film follows the charming buffoon to a seaside resort, where he unintentionally sows chaos among the vacationers. With its spare dialogue and gentle satire of politics and commercialism, this movie established Tati’s style.  FRI 7:00 SAT 8:30 SUN 3:00 5:00 MON/TUES 7:00

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Starts Fri, May 14


(1949, DCP, 87m, French w/English subtitles) w/Tati, Guy Declombe, Paul Frankeur. The postman of a small French town (Tati) sees a short film that fools him into thinking that all postmen in America do dangerous stunts to deliver the mail. Tati’s first film is a joy to behold. FRI 9:00 SAT/SUN 7:00

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Starts Fri, May 21


(1971, DCP, 97m, French w/English subtitles) w/Tati. Monsieur Hulot is an auto designer who travels to Amsterdam for a car show. But various obstacles delay his arrival. Tati’s critique of materialism feels more pointed today than ever, and his meticulous stylistic control is astounding (especially in the key car-accident scene). Learn more at Perisphere. FRI/SAT 7:00 9:00 SUN 3:00 5:00 7:00 MON/TUE 7:00

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Starts Fri, May 28


(1967, 35mm, 124m, French w/English subtitles) w/Tati. Playtime finds Hulot going adrift in a stark, absurd modern Paris, which is filled with newfangled technologies. Commonly seen as Tati’s masterpiece, the movie uses deep focus, composition and sound design in revolutionary ways to convey jokes and ideas. Read more at Perisphere. FRI/SAT  7:00 9:30 SUN 3:00 5:30 8:00 MON/TUE 7:00

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