The Big Day

by Jacques Tati 1h16min France 1947
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The Big Day
by Jacques Tati

Once a year the fair comes for one day to the little town 'Sainte-Severe-sur-Indre'. All inhabitants 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.

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  • Jacques Tati : François, le facteur
  • Guy Decomble : Roger, le forain
  • Paul Frankeur : Marcel, le forain
  • Delcassan : La commère
  • Santa Relli : La femme de Roger
  • And with: Maine Vallée, Jacques Beauvais, Roger Rafal, Robert Balpo


  • Director Jacques Tati
  • Scenario Jacques Tati
  • Photo director Jacques Mercanton, Jacques Sauvageot
  • Set Design René Moulaert
  • Costume Design Jacques Cottin
  • Sound Jacques Maumont
  • Editing Marcel Moreau
  • Original music Jean Yatove
  • Producer Francinex, Fred Orain
  • Production Compagny Cady Films, Panoramic Films
  • Distributor Studiocanal

Technical information

  • Aspect ratio1,37:1
  • Printed film format35 mm
  • Original sound mixMono
  • Production1947
  • Release date for France05/11/1949
  • CategoryFeature film
  • ColorBlack and White
  • LanguageFrench
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