The Big Day

by Jacques Tati1h161947France

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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.

Cast and crew
  • Credits

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

    • Printed format : 35 mm
    • Sound mix : Stéréo 2.0
    • Year of production : 1947
    • French release date : 11 mai 1949
    • Category : Feature film
    • Color : Black and White
    • Language : French

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