The Big Day (1949) Movie Review Summary

Actors: Jacques Tati, Paul Frankeur, Guy Decomble

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THE BIG DAY (Jour de Fête) is a comedy cowritten and directed by Jacques Tati in 1947. The picture earned a nomination for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.
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The film depicts one day of the life of a small rural town in France. It's a big day because the fair has come for its annual apparition. Jacques Tati, the local postman, is a nice but rather eccentric figure of the town. He's got the unique ability to lead the simplest actions into a catastrophy. After having watched at the fair a short-movie about the modernity of the U.S. Post Office, he decides to modify the way he's worked until now. Quickness and efficiency will from this moment on become his motto.

The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

Script Analysis of The Big Day (1949)

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   mailman Ethnic/Regional/Gender story?    -   Yes Ethnic/region/relig    -   French

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   mailman Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   French


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   France Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   river Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   farm Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Misc setting    -   bar

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death

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