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Critic Reviews for Parade
Jacques Tati's last film -- his least-known work, shot mostly on videotape for Swedish television -- is seldom shown, but it's a far greater achievement than most accounts would lead you to expect.
Jacques Tati's Parade is such a slight and simple film that its subject almost seems to be self-effacing.
It can't aspire to the meticulous mise en scène of his big screen work; and one feels saddened that this great director should have found no other outlet for his genius.
The more modest 1971 comedy Trafic and the 1974 made-for-Swedish-TV movie Parade are both sweet and entertaining, with moments of pure Tati magic.
More familiar and repetitive than inventive, Tati's last film doesn't begin to compare to his previous masterpieces.
Audience Reviews for Parade
One of the first things I watched out of the Tati Criterion set, just because this one was completely new to me, and I enjoyed it well enough, but the carnival/circus atmosphere didn't quite jive with what I was expecting, so I may've come away from it a little let down.
Still, it has its charming moments.
Worth a look.
Set in a circus filming a real live show (Though some of it is staged for filming purposes) Parade is Tati's last feature film. This is one of two Tati feature films which haven't gotten a Criterion release (This one got a BBC release on DVD). It's not funny as much as it is amusing. Acts and shows take place within the circus and seeing it up close probably makes you think, "I wish I would've seen that when *I* went to the circus". There are professional jugglers (I'll make GIFs of them when I'm not lazy), participants with odd talents like the guy who can make music with the high pitched, deflating balloon, and ground level acrobats. Tati makes an appearance every now and then. He reenacts a lot of parts from the Evening Classes short that he acted in in 1967 and one part I noticed he took from Trafic (Guy mixing paint). He also does his mime-like stand up comedy. This type of humor in his films is always dry and now with an audience laughing at every single detail it takes away the humor. The side subtle story with the children was bothersome. Although, for the first time in a Tati film there were not one but two adult jokes. Also, for the first time since Tati's Jour de Fete there was a part where I laughed out loud.
The film is overall an ongoing event (Hence, hence, hence) where you go behind the circus show back and forth between the show itself. The small funny details from the random performers hold the film together. In the end there's this singer (I forgot her name) who sounds exactly like Edith Piaf. There isn't enough information about the film's soundtrack online so I don't know if it was just a Piaf song played with the woman lip syncing.
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