MON ONCLE (France, 1958, 116 min.)

Tati’s most ingeniously comical film follows Monsieur Hulot, the bohemian uncle of young Gérard Arpel, as he grapples with (and wreaks havoc on) the ultramodern, ultra-hygienic “conveniences” of the Arpels’ automated home. Hulot liberates his nephew from the soulless, stifling, and regimented trappings of modern life—though purely by accident, like everything he does. Tati simultaneously shot two versions of Mon Oncle, one in English, shown here, and the other in French; he considered them distinct works with differing mise en scenes (—Museum of Modern Art). Directed by Jacques Tati. Winner of the 1958 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and the Jury Prize at Cannes.

Ticket/Reservation Info:

$10 General Admission; $8.50 AFI Members; $9 Seniors (65+), Students (with valid ID), and Military; $6 Children (12 and under). Tickets may be purchased at the box office (opens 30 minutes before the film) or online at

AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, Md. (METRO: Silver Spring)

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