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Venice Architecture Biennale, with a projection of the Jacques Tati’s film, ‘‘Mon Oncle’’

Saturday, November 15, 2014 was the date, and Venice the place, for a projection of the film ‘‘Mon Oncle’’ by Jacques Tati.
 
For the French Pavilion exhibit, ‘‘La modernité, promesse ou menace’’ (Modernity, a Promise or Threat?) exhibit of the 14th edition of the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Institut français has organized a projection of the film ‘‘Mon Oncle’’ by Jacques Tati on Saturday, November 14, 2014, at the Teatrino of Palazzo Grassi.
 
Tati’s third feature film, a huge success in movie theaters in 1958, ‘‘Mon Oncle’’ is one of the burlesque masterpieces of French cinema. Here, we find the main character, Monsieur Hulot, through which the filmmaker humorously and subtly denounces the changes in French society during the postwar boom years. ‘‘Mon Oncle’’, particularly the villa’s decor, has inspired one of the four rooms of the Pavilion, distinguished with a Special Jury Award. The main character of ‘‘Mon Oncle’’ is less Monsieur Hulot, with his lanky figure, than Villa Arpel, in which the plot actually takes place. Fifty years later, Villa Arpel continues to symbolize the dream of a life made easier by machines, often transformed into a farce.
 

From Jacques Tati’s Villa Arpel to major structures, the French Pavilion offers a critical view of the path of French architecture up to modern times. Further into French pavillion.

 
 
This film projection organized by the Institut français in collaboration with Palazzo Grassi - Punta della Dogana - Pinault Collection, Alliance française of Venice, Iuay University of Venice and Les Films de Mon Oncle, was followed by a round table discussion, moderated by Marco Bertozzi, Professor of Architecture and Cinema at the IUAV, with Jean-Louis Cohen, architect-historian and Commissioner of the French Pavilion, Stéphane Goudet, film critic and Macha Makeïeff, theater director.
 
 
 
 
Discover Villa Arpel from the film ‘‘Mon Oncle’’ in 3D via a virtual tour.
 
 

Picture: Villa Arpel © Luc Boegly